Menu Spine Care Middle Back Herniated Disc Middle Back Pain and Balance Middle Back Pain and Sudden Weakness Spinal Stenosis Spondylosis Thoracic Spine Compression Fracture Thoracic Spine Surgery Recovery Your Thoracic Spine Can middle back pain cause poor balance and dizziness? Back injuries, disorders and conditions sometimes cause more than pain. They can also cause poor balance and interfere with your daily activities. What causes poor balance? The spine is a complex structure that includes vertebra, discs, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The nerves that run along your spine send signals out to the rest of your body to control movement. When vertebra or discs push against those nerves, it can interfere with your body’s movements – including your ability to balance. Middle back injuries and conditions that affect with your sense of balance include: Herniated disc Spinal stenosis Compression fractures Sciatica Degenerative disc disease Spondylosis What are symptoms of poor balance? Poor balance doesn’t just mean you have a difficult time standing up straight. Other symptoms of poor balance caused by middle back conditions includes: Dizziness Difficulty walking Trouble climbing stairs Difficulty standing during daily activities, such as brushing teeth or doing the dishes Diagnosing and treating poor balance Your doctor will complete a thorough evaluation to ensure more serious conditions, such as stroke, aren’t causing your poor balance. Your provider will update your family and medical history and examine your spine and joints. Imaging tests may also be ordered to identify the cause of your symptoms. This may include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, X-rays or other specialized tests. Some insurances do require pre-requisition before imaging can be ordered. Please discuss your options with your provider. Contact Us If you are concerned that your trouble balancing is being causes by a spine condition or injury, schedule a consultation today. The team at St. Elizabeth includes surgeons and specialists with unmatched experience in diagnosing and treating injuries, conditions and diseases that cause lumbar and sacral spine pain. Physicians and accredited providers offer their insight on how to best treat your back pain. Meet our non-surgical spine doctors. If you need surgery, our experienced affiliated surgeons will map out a plan that’s tailored to your health history, condition and symptoms. Meet our surgeons.