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I got tackled by a stray dog. I hit the ground hard. For the last two days I've had a pain in my floating rib area. Could a rib be fractured?
Yes, at the back, --: If its swollen for any reason. Generally ribs do not swell, unless growing a cyst or a tumor in it. These are extremely uncommon, to say the least. A healing fracture off a bone could be felt as a swelling. These are located at the back , on either side of the spine and covered by plenty of muscles. Difficult to be seen or felt easily, except in a very skinny person. ...Read more
Rib: Rib pain is unlikely to cause hip or groin pain. ...Read more
Floating ribs: There are true ribs (1-8) and false ribs (9-12). True ribs have direct connections through a cartilage connection to the sternum and false ribs 9 and 10 have indirect connection through cartilage to the xiphoid process (distal extension of the sternum). Ribs 11 and 12 are floating ribs and do not connect to the sternum, they only protect the distal poles of the kidneys. Floating ribs are normal. ...Read more
My two yr old has a bony lump on the end of his right floating rib that is visible. It doesn't seem painful. What could it be?
Rib bump: Please have this evaluated by your child's provider. ...Read more
I have had a nagging pain with localised "swelling" at the base of the right floating rib worse after food and if pressure is applied. Nauseous too.
Pain by rib: It sounds like an upper gastrointestinal or gall bladder problem. I couldn't be sure without an exam and tests so see your Doc. ...Read more
I'm a 22 year old mom with my left floating rib hurting during certain movements & other daily activities. What could this be?
What floating rib: we do not have a floating rib unless you broke one and become floated or i am misunderstanding what you mean by floating if you mean your lower rib it is common problem in women because of the kind of bra they ware trhat put pressure on the ribs and cause inflammation it could be what we call costochondritis take ibuprofen ,apply heat,and ware non wired bra. ...Read more
Who diagnosed?: Why not ask to doctor who diagnosed this condition to help you out? ...Read more
History and exam: Everyone generally has at least one floating ribs some have a couple on each side though usually the lower ribs. They can get irritated on your hip or on the ledge of a couch when you're leaning or a variety of other things. They are slow to heal. Sometimes you can feel them slip underneath another rib. That is uncomfortable. There's a lot of carlatun these ribs which is slow to heal. Even chest x-rays are not very helpful. Sometimes diagnostic nerve block can define things. ...Read more
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