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Doctor insights on: Torn Rib Cartilage Treatment

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Is having revision rhinoplasty using rib cartilage safe? I've been reading about revision rhinoplasty, and see that grafting in rib cartilage seems like a common procedure. Are there extra risks to doing this? .

Is having revision rhinoplasty using rib cartilage safe? I've been reading about revision rhinoplasty, and see that grafting in rib cartilage seems like a common procedure. Are there extra risks to doing this?

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Not always needed: In a first revision septal or ear cartilage is often sufficient. Rib cartilage may be needed if there is not enough of those materials left. There is a risk of what is called a pneumothorax but it is small. This is when air gets between you lung and your chest wall. Here is a link to revisions done without rib: http://www.Bostonrhinoplastycenter.Com/photos-revision-rhinoplasty/. ...Read more

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