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Torn cartilage in rib cage and the pain is getting worse, it's been 2 weeks. Any tips?

Torn cartilage in rib cage and the pain is getting worse, it's been 2 weeks. Any tips?

Conservative care: Generally this type of injury will just take time and conservative care for healing. I would recommend regular use of NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen or Aleve) for a couple weeks, and ice/heat, as well as topical treatments like aspercreme or capsaicin cream. If the pain persists you may want to see a physician about further imaging such as a CT scan or MRI. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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I tore cartilage in my rib cage and it's getting worse (it's been 2 weeks). What do I do?

I tore cartilage in my rib cage and it's getting worse (it's been 2 weeks). What do I do?

This usually occurs-: -at the rib-cartilage junction or the sternum. 2 weeks is not very long. Use heat NSAIDS if able & avoid things that aggravate it. If if does not get better see a chest surgeon who may inject it. Severe cases need excision off the Costro-chondral junction tho rare. ...Read more

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Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed? Do rib cartilages shrink

Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed? Do rib cartilages shrink

Potentially: The property of a material to stretch in respons to a stress and then contract back to its original length is know as elasticity. To some extent, the cartilage portion of the ribs do have this property. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on the upper left area of the chest, also with hardening of the rib cage. Hurts when I press or move arm or even when doing nothing.

Sharp pain on the upper left area of the chest, also with hardening of the rib cage. Hurts when I press or move arm or even when doing nothing.

Musculoskeletal: This sounds like muscular pain, try applying warm compressors and see if it helps and an ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) should ease the pain, it should subside on its own with time. ...Read more

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Spasm under left rib cage?

Spasm under left rib cage?

Need more info.: Structures in that area are spleen, kidney, diaphragm, and intestines. True muscle spasm that comes on after exercise is most likely diaphragm and will resolve with conditioning. Other causes need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in the lower rib cage area?

Pain in the lower rib cage area?

Several causes: In young persons, lower thoracic pain could be due to local trauma (bruise), pain associated with a virus (if the child has a fever), pleurisy (inflammation of the lung's lining), bronchitis, pneumonia or some other cause. If the pain continues, or if there is fever, see the doctor. ...Read more

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Is a deformed rib cage correctible?

Yes, surgically: Surgical correction is possible depending on the extent. ...Read more

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What is under your rib cage of your right?

What is under your rib cage of your right?

The Liver: The body of the liver is being the right ribs. Also in the area is the right kidney, adrenal gland, and part of the colon. The gall bladder is found associated with the liver as well. ...Read more

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I have a knot in between my rib cage, what is this?

I have a knot in between my rib cage, what is this?

Cartilege or bone: This could be post traumatic like a broken rib or it could be a growth of cartilege or of the bone. I would have x-rays and bone scan to evaluate. ...Read more

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My rib cage sticks out! It's unattractive! How can I fix this?

Isn't a way: Sorry...There really is no answer to this one. There isn't a surgery or other treatment that can change how your rib cage appears. And I wouldn't recommend trying. ...Read more

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Why might someone have pain on the left side of their rib cage?

Why might someone have pain on the left side of their rib cage?

Multiple things: A portion of the lung, the pancreas, the small and large bowel are all located deep to the ribs on the left side. If you are having trouble, consider being seen. ...Read more

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Should I go back the docotor if the pain in my rib cage has increased?

Should I go back the docotor if the pain in my rib cage has increased?

Sure: If you have developed a relationship already with your dr. And they area aware of your pains to begin with, and now the pains have increased, you should call them and explain the change of your pain. Depending on what they have done so far, you may warrant further testing or differing treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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It feels like a spasm below my rib cage. What could that be caused from?

It feels like a spasm below my rib cage. What could that be caused from?

Constipation: Can be gallbladder, liver if only rt, colon if either side. Electrlyte- calcium, magnesium, pttasium can be a factor. See pmd. ...Read more

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My rib cage is very weak?

My rib cage is very weak?

Be more specific: Pl include as much info in your question as allowed to help us, help you. ...Read more

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Numbness in left rib cage?

Numbness in left rib cage?

Nerve problem: Possibilities: pinched nerve in back, bulging disc, early (pre-rash) shingles, traumatic neuropraxia (bruised nerve), tumor, heart attack, other.
It's worth seeing a physician about.
Go to er immediately for any chest pain. ...Read more

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Body organs under rib cage?

Body organs under rib cage?

Organs under the rib: The main organs inder the ribs are the lungs, liver, spleen and partially in the back the kidneys ...Read more

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Pain & swelling left rib cage?

Rib pain: The rib cage does not often become painful and swollen, unless there was some direct injury to the area (rib fracture/contusion) or some indirect sprain/strain to the muscle/ligament structures (costochondritis...). There can be soft tissue masses (and rarely bony) that can present with such symptoms, so please get evaluated. ...Read more

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My chest and rib cage really hurt?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Twisting pain under my left rib cage?

Twisting pain under my left rib cage?

Need more info: Not enough detail to provide reasoned response. Age? Sex? Known medical problems? Current medications? When started? Any injury/trauma/new exercise or unusual straining. Any fever, nausea, cough, URI symptoms, GI symptoms? Previous history of same problem? Worsening activities/movements. Relieving activities/movements/ meds. A shot in the dark without more information or a star trek tricorder. ...Read more

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Can you get gout under your rib cage?

Can you get gout under your rib cage?

No: Gout occurs at joints most frequent is big toe joint or ankle but can happen at any joint. Severe pain is associated with gout. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my upper right rib cage?

Sharp pain in my upper right rib cage?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes, you should consider being seen. Possible causes can incude an irritation of a nerve in the thoracic spine, an inflammatory condition involving the gall bladder or the lining of the lung, and multiple other causes. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually sort out the cause. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Having pains right side under rib cage?

Strain?: Did you lift or strain? This can cause rib/side pains. Are you coughing or short of breath? Think of bronchitis or pneumonia. Are you having nausea, stomach pain or upper back pain? Could be gallbladder. As you can see, there are many possible causes. Use moist heat on the area and take Advil or Tylenol, (acetaminophen) if no better in a couple of days or symptoms worsen, see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why does my upper rib cage protrude out?

Why does my upper rib cage protrude out?

That's your built: If you are otherwise healthy, that's fine, but if you have any chronic symptoms you need to be seen by your doctor to rule out any spine or rib cage deformities, or lung problems affecting the rib cage, if not, enjoy your health, ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain under my rib cage.

I'm having severe pain under my rib cage.

Be seen: I would be seen. Depending on the side involved, could be related to the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, lower lung among others. ...Read more