Alexander Bone & Spine Institute


When does back pain lead to shortness of breath? This is a common patient concern and is often difficult to diagnose right away. While shortness of breath is most often thought of as a respiratory issue problem, our Miami spine specialists know that it can be an indicator of other issues.

Breathing trouble in connection with other problems, such as back pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, dizziness, and other symptoms. If you are experiencing issues, do not hesitate to contact Alexander Bone and Spine Institute for an appointment.

The Cause of Back Pain & Shortness of Breath

Back pain is common after an exercise session. Shortness of breath in conjunction with back pain occurs because of the stress, and we have just put our bodies through. It can be especially strenuous for those who may have not built up their physical fitness, such as the elderly, and, in some cases, the morbidly obese as well.

The reason for this is that when we carry extra weight, this also places additional stress and pressure on the spine. This is what can commonly lead to shortness of breath, even if the exercise. However, this may also be a sign of a much more serious medical problem.

Some examples of these medical problems:

  • Heart attack
  • Panic attack
  • Atrial flutter
  • Vertebral compression
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Coronary heart disease

Some patients who suffer spine deformities, such as scoliosis, can also be the source of back pain and breathing problems, especially if they are not receiving treatment for their condition.

Treating Back Pain and Breathing Trouble

Back pain is usually the first sign of an underlying problem with the muscles that support your back and spine, the abdomen, and even the lungs. Have you recently sustained an injury? Even if you were unaware of any injuries that can happen, our backs are naturally vulnerable because they contain some of the strongest muscles in our entire body. They are also in charge of twisting, lifting, and aid in lifting.

As Miami spine specialists, we at Alexander Bone and Spine Institute can offer a variety of treatments that may alleviate some of the symptoms. We encourage exercises and a variety of techniques to promote healing and relief of some of the tightness or tense muscle issues that you are facing. We first begin by creating a personalized assessment treatment plan for you.

We are here to help you—be sure to book your appointment with us today!