A 21-year-old male asked:
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x-ray showed healing posterior fractures of 2nd 3rd and 4th ribs. there is painful grinding when i shrug my shoulders. is this common?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Yes, until there is complete healing at the fracture site, there may still be motion at the fracture leading to the grinding. I would just make sure your doctor is aware in case there is some other injury you have sustained in addition to your rib fractures.
Answered on Mar 30, 2015

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