A member asked:

Hurt rib 3d ago box. got x-r, nothing, er said maybe crack. back pain near spine lowest ribs, yesterday receded for 6 hours after popping sound, now pain again started during laying in bed. is it dislocated, treatment?

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Dr. Richard Zimon answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Yes: what you are describing is pretty "classical" for subluxing (partial dislocating) ribs at the posterior cartilage connection with your spine.. UNFORTUNATELY you cannot "splint" your chest (you need to breathe / cough.. If the pain is severe an injection may be helpful! Consult your PCP (Primary Care Provider =) for hands on diagnosis and treatment! Hope this helps Dr Z

Answered 11/28/2017



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