The Hidden Cause Behind Your Back Pain

Updated: Sep 9, 2019

Many people, even those in medical professions, have the idea that muscle pain can always be traced back to either a past injury or ongoing inflammation.

For example, if your back hurts. you must have strained it by sitting too long, by picking up something heavy, or your new workout must have thrown something ‘out of alignment.’

Alternatively, your body might be inflamed because of a chronic condition like fibromyalgia or arthritis.

While these classic explanations are often valid, there is another common origin of pain that is often overlooked - organ referred pain.

a man getting a soft tissue treatment. text overlay says the organ problem behind your back pain

Organ Referred Pain

Internal organ problems can refer pain signals to different sites in the body. Referred organ pain is well known to conventional and functional medicine, but in practice, it is often is missed. Identifying the source of your pain is crucial in treating it as treating the pain signal itself does nothing to address the internal problem.

A Gallbladder Problem

Let's look at a specific instance where something other than muscle trauma can cause pain. Often, I have patients come in with dull ache that 'comes and goes' in the region of the upper back/shoulder blade region.

They tell me they have been to doctors and acupuncturists and get regular chiropractic treatments and massages. Regardless of what they do, the pain returns, always in the same region.

After a preliminary evaluation, patient history, and symptom assessment - it turns out that the patient has compromised digestion. They have trouble with fatty foods, feel nauseous often, and often experience stomach upset after meals. All of these symptoms combined with their pain presentation point to a gallbladder problem.

Many times we can catch a gallbladder problem before it gets to the point of the patient having gallbladder attacks which can be excruciatingly painful.

As with every organ, there is a spectrum at which the gallbladder functions, just because something is in a ’normal range’ in a blood test does not mean it is ope