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Dr. William Harris
Board Certified, Family Medicine
27 years in practice
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Is there any fix for a torn 1st rib cartilage that happened nearly two years ago? I'm still having issues with rib slipping! my gp says unlikely!

Is there any fix for a torn 1st rib cartilage that happened nearly two years ago? I'm still having issues with rib slipping!  my gp says unlikely!

Next opinion: If you have truly been diagnosed with a torn rib cartilage (probably by mri), and it hasn't healed in 2 years; then it is time to find an orthopedist versed in this type of thing to fix it. We family practitioners are good 95% of the time, but when it comes to specialty decision-making and treatments, know when it's time to talk to the next man in line. Talk to your friends: find your orthopod! ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
19 years in practice
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Torn 1st rib cartilage of aug. 25, 2011 giving me neurological issues. Can the cartilage be repaired? My acupuncturist says I have tos!

Torn 1st rib cartilage of aug. 25, 2011 giving me neurological issues.  Can the cartilage be repaired?  My acupuncturist says I have tos!

Vascular eval: If you have thoracic outlet syndrome please discuss with your personal physician. He or she is likely to assess and may consult with a vasular surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
30 years in practice
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What supplement can help heal my torn rib cartilage? Injured aug. 25/2011 and diagnosed two weeks ago...My nursing career possibly over! sigh!

What supplement can help heal my torn rib cartilage?  Injured aug. 25/2011 and diagnosed two weeks ago...My nursing career possibly over!  sigh!

Check with your doc: The supplements are a money making business without benefit. Not useful or necessary. Check with your doc if there is something. Most likely there is nothing besides natural healing. And your rn career should be on track. But check with your doc that there is not something else going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
Board Certified, Cardiac Electrophysiology
25 years in practice
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Still suffering after 1 1/2 years from a torn first rib cartilage. Brachial plexus is irritated when i exert any pressure. Any suggestions?

Still suffering after 1 1/2 years from a torn first rib cartilage.  Brachial plexus is irritated when i exert any pressure.  Any suggestions?

Wow! How did you: Manage to get here? Do a search then reach out to the selected thoracic orthopedic surgeons to discuss options... It may heal over time...The worry is how it heals... Best luck! please follow up with me... ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
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Thanks for all the tips re my torn 1st rib cartilage...Been nearly two years and to many so called specialists! my gp confirmed it! no mri...Sad! ?

Thanks for all the tips re my torn 1st rib cartilage...Been nearly two years and to many so called specialists!   my gp confirmed it! no mri...Sad! ?

Family practice : Mri may not be needed your dr can determine if any further studies are needed. It takes several months to heal. Sometimes pt , nsaid's would help. ...Read more

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Dr. Pasquale Brancazio
Board Certified, Neurology
27 years in practice
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Having thoracic outlet syndrome issues because of first rib cartilage/ligament tear. Rib moves and irritates nerves. What can I do?

Having thoracic outlet syndrome issues because of first rib cartilage/ligament tear.  Rib moves and irritates nerves.  What can I do?

Testing: You should schedule an appointment with a neurologist. He or she can do a thorough exam and an emg. Do nut rush for a surgical treatment until these are done. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
43 years in practice
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The area around my r 6&7 rib - the costal cartilage feels like friction or something crackling there, is it "normal "?

The area around my r 6&7 rib - the costal cartilage feels like friction or something crackling there, is it "normal "?

No It is not: Costochondritis is the most common cause of chest pain originating in the chest wall. Symptoms include: pain and tenderness in the locations where your ribs attach to your breastbone .Often sharp pain, though also dull and gnawing pain location often on left side of breastbone, but possible on either side of chest , pain when taking deep breaths, pain when coughing, difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
31 years in practice
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If my rib cartilidge keeps popping out on a regular basis what would be the best treatment?

If my rib cartilidge keeps popping out on a regular basis what would be the best treatment?

Several things: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Dr. George Arcos
Board Certified, Pain Management
32 years in practice
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Is there a test to confirm rib cartilage tear?My wife has been in constant pain for two years, reaching for a box while on a ladder, she felt a pop

Is there a test to confirm rib cartilage tear?My wife has been in constant pain for two years, reaching for a box while on a ladder, she felt a pop

No: While there is no specific test for intercostal (rib) muscle tear, the specific area of pain can be targeted with intercostal nerve block . This pain is sharp and stabbing, and may radiate from the back to the front of the chest wall. In addition, a good manual therapist should evaluate rib motion. Your wife may have a rib motion dysfunction, which can occur on inhalation or exhalation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
38 years in practice
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