Thank you for your question about back popping. Without doing an examination of your back we are unable to provide specific information regarding your symptoms. However, we can give general recommendations regarding mid-back discomfort in the scenario described.
A “popping” sound in the middle back can be normal and is not always indicative of an injury.
Often sounds can occur as joints move and/or as other soft tissue structures move past each other or over a joint. If the x-ray taken during the doctor visit was clear and no symptoms such as weakness, numbness/tingling or loss of sensation are present, there is little reason for worry.
In general, continuing to participate in pain-free light activity including walking, cycling, and stretching can help facilitate recovery from a mild injury.
If a tissue has been strained, in many cases, the symptoms will resolve with light activity alone. In other cases, if symptoms persist, treatment by a physical therapist can help to speed recovery.
Direct access means you can see a physical therapist without a referral from a doctor or other medical provider.
If symptoms persist, we suggest getting an evaluation by a physical therapist. A PT will work with you to assess your condition and create a customized treatment plan to help you recovery and return to normal activity. Physical therapy may include exercises for mobility, strength, and increasing load tolerance with good movement patterns as well as creating a plan to assist in reaching individualized goals. Maintaining a healthy spine throughout the lifespan is a great goal.
Please note, this reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.