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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I notice when I raise my hands over my head for more than 10 seconds, I get a burning pain in my upper back. Is this serious?

Pain with movement usually points to a joint, muscular, or other soft tissue problem. Muscle weakness can present as a burning sensation or pain. This occurs in less than 15 seconds. Pain that comes on after five or 10 minutes of activity may be more serious. For example, adults with a history of heart disease may report upper back, neck, or jaw pain with overhead positions of the arm. If this is coming from blocked coronary arteries, there may be shortness of breath or sweating. If the problem persists, see a medical doctor.


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