Upper back pain, lower back pain, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease, unfortunately can all be related to each other. They all result from compressions of nerves of the spine. Spinal stenosis is compression of those nerves where they exit the spine. Degenerative discs lose hydration and the normal height which now causes nerve compression. Upper back pain and lower back pain result.
Repercussions from an accident may also cause a herniation and spinal stenosis. Regardless if you are having upper or lower back pain, it can be a daily agonizing struggle.