A member asked:

Stabbing pain in upper ribs left side not constant but keeps returning and hurt to take deep breaths, what could this indicate?

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Rib dysfunction?: Sounds like the common presentation for a rib dysfunction, ie the rib gets 'knocked out of whack'. This problem often presents with pain (often sharp or severely achy & worse with deep inhalation or exhalation.) it's easily treatable by osteopathic manipulation, if it is the cause. A proper history & osteopathic hands-on exam might be able to determine the exact cause.Manipulation may fix it.

Answered 3/29/2015



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