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Posted on 01-08-2016
Author – Dr. Ryan Curda
Rib Pain can be quite debilitating; it hurts to move, to breathe, to sleep, and god help you if you cough or sneeze! Obviously acute injuries can lead to broken, bruised, separated, or dislocated ribs. And unfortunately in these cases there is not a whole lot to do for them besides manage the pain and let them heal. Since the rib cage is integral during almost all body movements this can take a fairly long time; many weeks to months to fully heal. Other conditions such as costochondritis, Shingles, intercostal neuralgia are generally caused by a slower disease process taking time to manifest. In the case of Shingles, which is caused by the Measles, usually emerges many years after the initial infection.
costochondritis, intercostal neuralgia, and acute localized sharp pain exacerbated with inhalation can all be caused by the subluxation of a rib head. When a rib head is misaligned and does not properly articulate with the vertebrae in the spinal column this will cause irritation of the joint and nerve. Poor articulation causes irritation, which leads to inflammation, which causes pain. Restoring that proper articulation can be achieved easily with a gentle and specific Chiropractic adjustment. After restoring the proper joint alignment it is imperative to determine what caused this to happen in the first place so that you can take steps to prevent it from happening again in the future.
The first step in treating your rib pain is to first determine what the cause is. Receiving an exam and providing a full history can easily provide this for you. Once you know the cause of your rib pain, only then can you manage your condition with realistic expectations and a plan moving forward.
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-Dr. Ryan Curda
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