Rib pain is the kind of pain that makes it difficult for a person to take a deep breath, put pressure on the chest or twist their body. It is always alarming when you feel pain in the chest wall or the ribs. Most people will start worrying that they will have a heart attack. The truth is that there are any conditions that can result in rib pain. Some of these conditions include broken or bruised rib, pulled muscle or conditions related to the esophagus.
There are situations where rib pain can signify a serious health condition such as cancer or heart attack. Because of the difficulty in distinguishing rib pain caused by minor conditions and that caused by serious health issues, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. It is also a good idea to know the difference in the pain experienced due to the different conditions. Any rib pain should not be ignored. This is because, as you have seen, the cause can range from minor to serious health conditions.
Causes Of Rib Pain
If the doctor thinks that the pain is as a result of a heart attack, you will be treated immediately. There are, however, many other causes that could be causing pain in your ribs. These include bruised rib, pulled muscle, internal injuries, muscle spasms, cancer, esophageal problems such as gastroesophageal reflux, injuries due to sports, accident or falls, fractured rib, anxiety and many others. The wide range of causes makes it important to avoid any guessing and see a doctor immediately you start feeling the pain.
Rib Pain Diagnosis
Rib pain diagnosis will mostly depend on questions asked by the medical practitioner. When you come to our clinic, you will be asked about your medical history, the kind of pain you are feeling when it increases, and the location of the pain. A physical exam is important in the diagnosis process. If any other condition is suspected, there might be a need for a CT scan or X-ray for better diagnosis.
Symptoms of Rib Pain
The most outstanding symptom is the pain. Most people report feeling excruciating sharp pain when they breathe deep, twist their bodies or put pressure on their chest. The pain is felt in the ribs or the wall of the chest.
Rib pain caused by bruised rib or pulled muscles can go away on their own or with minimal home care. Some of the remedies include cold compresses and rest. However, there are situations where the pain will not go away especially if the injuries are severe or if there is an underlying cause. It is important to see a specialist in the underlying cause before you think about the pain treatment. This is because solving the cause will get rid of the pain.
At Wellness In Motion Chiropractic Center, we focus on eliminating pain caused by different conditions through chiropractic care. We dedicate our time and resources to the use of physical and massage therapy to give the body its self-healing power.
Call us today for an appointment to have our rib pain treated using non-invasive effective methods.