Rib pain can be quite painful, and for anyone suffering from it, very confusing. Rib pain is quite common but often feels as if the pain is coming from a different area, such as the organs (rib pain accounts for what many people refer to as “heart attack pain”). Further, if the pain recedes we often dismiss it, since many of us suffered similar pains while children (and were told they were growing pains and nothing to worry about).
The truth is that rib pain may be a sign of a serious problem, a common injury, a chronic or repetitive injury, or a problem that can be treated quickly and easily. The most important thing to remember about rib pain is that you need to be examined right away.
Take a look at a partial list of problems that can cause rib pain:
- Broken ribs
- Injury to rib cartilage
- Improper sleeping position
- Poor thoracic core muscles
- Lung Cancer
- Steroid use
- A chronic cough
- Sedentary jobs (many Americans sit at desks for 8 – 10 hours every day at work)
I mixed the seriousness of causes for a reason: if you suffer from rib pain, even occasionally, you need to find the underlying cause as soon as possible. Hopefully, a change in sleeping or sitting posture will take care of your pain. If this is not the case, then you need to identify the problem immediately so treatment can be successful.
Your chiropractor is well equipped to examine you for rib and chest pain. Specializing in muscles and joints, your chiropractor includes x-rays and occasionally MRI’s as part of his examinations and can quickly determine if your pain is caused by something relatively harmless or not. Many of the causes of rib pain can be treated quickly by your chiropractor, saving you a trip (or two) to a different doctor’s office.
If you suffer from rib pain, call Dr. Paula Weihler of Priority Health Chiropractic. Dr. Paula is your can find the source of the pain and try to help you overcome it.