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Treat Rib Pain with Regenerative Medicine in Scottsdale

Overuse, sports injuries, even minor bumps may damage your ribs and their surrounding connective tissue.

Did you have the wind knocked out of you? Or is there no obvious explanation?

Pain or muscle spasms in your torso – your chest wall, your ribs, or your thoracic spine – could be a pulled muscle or a rib fracture, but most likely involves ligaments at the junction between a rib and vertebrae in back, or between your sternum and cartilage in the front of the rib cage. Pain there will often flare. We see this quite often.

If the pain in your ribs or back does not go away, it can become an orthopedic nightmare. You may experience “slipping rib syndrome” in front by your sternum, or in the back, where you have a rib that’s “out”, resulting in hypermobile ligaments connecting one or more ribs in the front or back. (If the pain is severe when you are breathing or you have pain inside your chest, please contact a doctor immediately – those can be symptoms of a heart attack.)

What’s going on? Diagnosis: movement, pressure, and imaging

Your doctor will need to precisely locate the most tender spot(s), indicating where you may have a strained or torn a ligament. Be ready to breathe, bend, twist and lean to help locate the painful points. Your doctor may apply pressure to different areas, and sometimes will need to get further detail from imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, or bone scan).

Typical treatments

If your injury is minor (muscle strain or bruise) you may be advised to treat it using rest and ice. If the pain persists, over-the-counter pain meds are next in line. For more serious pain or injury, you may get a compression wrap to help prevent you from getting into the positions that cause pain.

Regenerative treatments

Your exam will tell us what and where you are injured, and those spots will be targets for regenerative treatments. A few prolotherapy or PRP treatments can heal and restore the ligament tissue to where it can perform its original functions without pain. 

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