What can cause pain in the ribs?

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

DID you know your ribs can move? You prob­a­bly did. But did you know your ribs are mov­ing al­most con­stantly? Upon learn­ing they have a prob­lem with a rib joint, most pa­tients ask “how did I hurt a rib?”. The an­swer is by do­ing any move­ment that uses a rib. For ex­am­ple, breath­ing, cough­ing, sneez­ing, twist­ing, bend­ing, laugh­ing. Each of these re­quires at least a small, and some­times quite large or force­ful, move­ment in your ribs. How do you know you’ve got a prob­lem with a rib? Pain some­where along the path of the rib is the most ob­vi­ous sign. It could be pain in your back, side or chest, or any com­bi­na­tion of the three. Of course, chest pain is not some­thing to be taken lightly but once se­ri­ous causes have been ruled out, a fre­quently over­looked cause of chest pain can be rib dys­func­tion. As a chi­ro­prac­tor, I’m in­ter­ested in joints that aren’t mov­ing prop­erly and the dys­func­tion or pain they can cause in the body. As your ribs have two joints, one at the back con­nect­ing to your spine and an­other at the front, when a rib be­comes dys­func­tional it can mean dou­ble trou­ble. If you’ve no­ticed pain in your chest, make sure you have it checked by a health pro­fes­sional. In the event you think your pain may be re­lated to rib dys­func­tion, your lo­cal chi­ro­prac­tor is an ex­pert in restor­ing move­ment to joints and can help. Dr Michael Os­borne is a chi­ro­prac­tor at HealthGuard Well­ness, East Toowoomba, and a mem­ber of the Chi­ro­prac­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia.

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