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Diagnosed by a chiropractor and physiotherapist that I have a rib out of place and both haven't worked. Was reffered to both by a doctor. What next?

Diagnosed by a chiropractor and physiotherapist that I have a rib out of place and both haven't worked. Was reffered to both by a doctor. What next?

See below: Chiropractors are more likely to diagnose a "rib out of place" than physicians. Nevertheless it may occur in a few patients. Physicians are more likely to diagnose the same condition as inflammation and treat with anti-inflammatory medications. I suggest you get a medical opinion and see an Orthopedic Surgeon, perhaps one specializing in Sports Medicine, to get another opinion. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Chiropractors (Definition)

Chiropractors are licensed professionals who practice a form of alternative medicine in treating patients with health problems relating to the body's muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. They usually focus on manipulating and adjusting the spine ...Read more


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I saw my chiropractor today who attempted placement of my second rib with success...Feel better! Need to keep it there. Any suggestions to "glue"?

I saw my chiropractor today who attempted placement of my second rib with success...Feel better! Need to keep it there. Any suggestions to "glue"?

Ice: Cold compresses to area (20 min on / off) will help reduce surrounding inflammation and any spasm while the body 'remembers' that is where it belongs, so it is not 'pulled out' by the spasmed muscles around it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I recently went to a chiropractor and had been told I had a popped rib in my collarbone. He reset it, but occasionally I get pain. Is it still popped?

I recently went to a chiropractor and had been told I had a popped rib in my collarbone. He reset it, but occasionally I get pain. Is it still popped?

Maybe "popped" again: If your collarbone was out of place then it is likely to go out of place again, even after it was manipulated to get it back into place. See if your chiropractor or physician or a physical therapist can give you exercises to help you adjust your collarbone yourself, and keep it in place. It is a little like you have to train it to stay IN position since it was out for a while. ...Read more

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Docs, could an out of place rib be fixed by a chiropractor and not require surgery?

Unlikely: How did your rib get displaced? Trauma? Spontaneous? If a rib is truly out of position, there is no way a chiropractic spinal massage could reposition it. If the displacement is minor and asymptomatic, you probably need do nothing. If there are symptoms, start with your family doctor or a chest doctor and get a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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My rib cage on my left side, there's a couple of ribs out of place, Can a chiropractor fix it?

My rib cage on my left side, there's a couple of ribs out of place, Can a chiropractor fix it?

Nerve, Muscle, Joint: That is specifically what chiropractors deal with on a daily basis. When it comes to nerves, muscles and joints they are considered the go to guys. When it comes to joint dysfunction, including ribs there are a variety of techniques that might be helpful, some manual and some utilizing instrument based adjusting. Best of luck. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Chiropractor says ribs not in place? Is it safe for them to put them back in place? Help please? Don't want to puncture an organ..

Chiropractor says ribs not in place? Is it safe for them to put them back in place? Help please? Don't want to puncture an organ..

Unlikely: It would be extraordinarily unlikely for chiropractic manipulation to puncture an organ. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a false rib be fixed or put back into place if it's out of place by surgery? Mine is and chiropractor care doesn't seem to fixin it all the way.

Can a false rib be fixed or put back into place if it's out of place by surgery? Mine is and chiropractor care doesn't seem to fixin it all the way.

? false rib: I'm not sure what you are referring to... There are 'floating ribs', 'cervical ribs' (that can cause problems like thoracic outlet syndrome) and 'rib humps' from significant scoliosis. .. I would suggest seeing an orthopedic surgeon to get a diagnosis ; possibly one who specializes in spine. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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My chiropractor manipulated my first rib again today. Is there a way to bandage my arm in a position so it will help keep it in place?

Bandage won't help: Bandagin your arms is not a good idea. Instead try to be aware of slumping your your shoulders forward and sit up straight. Roll your shoudlers back and down. Also doing exercises that stretch your pectoral muscles can reduce the forward slumping which is the biggest cause of 1st rib misalignment. ...Read more

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My chiropractor told me I have a dislocated rib. He keeps adjusting it in place but it keeps popping back out. I'm icing it. What should I do next?

My chiropractor told me I have a dislocated rib. He keeps adjusting it in place but it keeps popping back out. I'm icing it. What should I do next?

Get second opinion: I would see an Orthopedist (Medical Doctor) for a second opinion. Do not recognize "dislocated" when it comes to ribs...Get someone else to look at it

Hope this helps

Dr Z
PS It does NOT sound "serious"... ...Read more

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Should a chiropractor be able to fix a dislocated rib in one visit? I was given a very gentle adjustmt & some PT, and asked to return tomorrow. Legit?

Most of us not chiro: Most MD doctors are not chiropractors, & so it wd b improper for any of us to say. (Like commenting on ur neighbor's mother-in-law, it's not our place). If u get any lasting benefit from it, then I wd say it works for u, and u can keep using it. But again, I am not sure how many of us know what chiropractors do, nor if there is any scientific basis for it. But please let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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Can I see a chiropractor for muscular skeleton problems chest and ribs?

Yes!: Once they mobilize the joints of your mid-back, the tension and pressure on intercostal nerves can be significantly reduced and your pain relieved in just a few sessions. Graston technique is painful/wonderful thing. ...Read more

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Have a costochondral indentation in ribs after blunt trauma/twisting. Would seeing PT/chiropractor help to manipulate cartilage/ribs back into place?

Have a costochondral indentation in ribs after blunt trauma/twisting. Would seeing PT/chiropractor help to manipulate cartilage/ribs back into place?

Hard to say: Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, Chiro etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They will take your money though and prob recommend repeat visits. Still, you will know quickly if it doesn't work. If no result -- stop going ...Read more

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My rib has been out of place for over a week. The chiropractor has tried, but can't get it back in place. Can't breathe in very deep. What should I do?

My rib has been out of place for over a week. The chiropractor has tried, but can't get it back in place. Can't breathe in very deep. What should I do?

See your doctor: The concept of rib subluxation or dislocation as a common occurance and source of pain is greatly over-emphasized by chiropracters. Rarely is that the actual diagnosis, so such conditions should be evaluated by an actual physician. ...Read more

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I took a fall 2 and 1/2 weeks ago my back, ribs and neck are still hurting should I see a doctor or consider a chiropractor?

See: A pain specialist in your area who will examine you, order appropriate imaging and refer you to physical therapist to work on soft tissue and alignment issues. ...Read more

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I see a chiropractor who adjusts my back. We both heard rib pop. I am in bad pain if cough move etc. He don't act concerned nor did he xray. Is ths commn?

I see a chiropractor who adjusts my back. We both heard rib pop. I am in bad pain if cough move etc. He don't act concerned nor did he xray. Is ths commn?

Rib pain: It is possible that he broke a rib. This is not uncommon but he should have evaluated it and treat you for it. Ignoring it does not mean it didn't happen. An X-ray would have been appropriate. Usually just painful for several weeks then it starts to improve. Limit lifting and other activities that make it hurt. Watch for any shortness of breath. ...Read more

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A simple MRI of rib would be my answer! My chiropractor found the dislocation and gp confirmed with exam. No ortho touched the area and no mri! ?

A simple MRI of rib would be my answer! My chiropractor found the dislocation and gp confirmed with exam. No ortho touched the area and no mri! ?

Why a MRI?: Dislocation of rib is a clinical diagnosis found on exam that does not require an mri. Mri's are very expensive and the radiologists who read them don't look for dislocated ribs; I have never seen "dislocated rib" on a MRI report but that does not mean they may not be there. But an MRI is not a necessary or cost-efficient way to diagnose a dislocated rib! ...Read more

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Would going to a chiropractor be helpful or harmful for post surgical muscle spasms? I had a first rib resection done 3 months ago.

A physical therapist: Or a medical masseuse would be better it the spasm is bad you may want to see someone who is trained in doing trigger point injections, cold spray stretching or kinesio-taping. ...Read more

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Could a chiropractor damage a healing rib fracture?

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Could a chiropractor damage a healing rib fracture?

Rib fractures: Yes certain manipulations by a chiropractor may further damage a healing rib fracture. ...Read more

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Should I go to a chiropractor if I have healing posterior rib fracture?

Tincture of time: Usually rib fracture will heal in time without therapy. Manipulative therapy to rib fracture in most cases will make pain worse and may displace rib fracture fragments. ...Read more

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Had a sharp/dull pain on my left side directly on the second/third rib below my breast for over a year now. The pain is on and off and is worse when Inhaling. What is this? What can I do to relieve it when I feel the pain? Will a chiropractor help?

Had a sharp/dull pain on my left side directly on the second/third rib below my breast for over a year now. The pain is on and off and is worse when Inhaling. What is this? What can I do to relieve it when I feel the pain? Will a chiropractor help?

Chest pain/breathing: If one is sitting and not taking deep breaths, the lung (like a balloon which has lost some air) will collapse a little, and the surface is "sticky", so when the wall folds, a deep breath will inflate the whole lung, which causes what is called "pleuritic pain", which can be quite sharp...breath in slowly, and the pain will go away....the lung surface has many pain nerves. ...Read more

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When I lay down I have to do so very slowly so my back can adjust. I sleep on my side. When I wake up I have to stretch because it feels like the middle of my chest has folding inside each other. Do I need to see a chiropractor?

When I lay down I have to do so very slowly so my back can adjust. I sleep on my side. When I wake up I have to stretch because it feels like the middle of my chest has folding inside each other. Do I need to see a chiropractor?

Better Choice?: Chiropractors generally work on the spine and some are excellent. However, an osteopathic physician (do) is not only a full-fledged doctor, like an md, but is also trained to treat musculoskeletal problems with his hands, like chiropractors. Do's, though, work on the whole body, not just the spine. Many problems don't arise in the spine so a do may be better equipped to find and fix it. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to go to chiropractor if you have symptoms of lightheadedness and chest pain?

Would it be safe to go to chiropractor if you have symptoms of lightheadedness and chest pain?

NOT APPROPRIATE: Chiropractic manipulation is helpful for many conditions, but not if you are having heart trouble. Get the chest pain taken care of first. ...Read more

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Left side gradual mild chest pain but back hurts behind pain. Feels worse with deep breaths. Cant stay asleep. Saw chiropractor yesterday.

Left side gradual mild chest pain but back hurts behind pain. Feels worse with deep breaths. Cant stay asleep. Saw chiropractor yesterday.

Chest pain: Most likely it could be musculoskeletal. There are other causes like peluritis, pericarditis or pleuripericarditic pain. Consult your physician for further investigation. ...Read more

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Weird muscle spasms, sharp pains everywhere my body, cold sensations, especially chest pains. Should I go see a chiropractor? ECG shows normal.

Weird muscle spasms, sharp pains everywhere my body, cold sensations, especially chest pains. Should I go see a chiropractor? ECG shows normal.

My suggestion would: Be to see a Neurologist or a Pain Management physician who'll be able to investigate the cause of your symptoms.
I don't believe a Chiropractitioner would be able to help, as I have a couple of Chiropractice colleagues and they don't do these cases.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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What services do chiropractors provide?

Massage: Chiropractors provide a deep, sometimes satisfying but occasionally dangerous, massage. They cannot diagnose and have no interest in cure as they want clients to come back again and again. Their disease theory has long ago been discredited but they are charismatic and convincing so patients continue to come back to them. ...Read more