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Torn Rib Cartilage Treatment
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rib: You should see the doctor who did the cheekbone implants and see if there is any change. A baseline bone density study would be in order but you would only need worry about your bones if the density T-score is more than -2.5. ...Read more
Is rib cartilage used for facial implants like on the nose bridge hard or flexible? Slept on facial implant made from rib cartilage could shape change
Cartilage implant: Best to see your surgeon ASAP for full examination. ...Read more
I've had facial implants from rib cartilage, will moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 glasses of wine a night) interfere with ossification of the implan?
Should not effect it: To the best of my knowledge, alcohol consumption should not interfere with ossification unless it is marked intake. However, while it is possible for rib cartilage grafts to calcify, cartilage is placed (as opposed to bone grafts) in order to avoid ossification. ...Read more
I am 20 years old at 17 i dove of a bridge into open water I have a first rib cartilage fracture at the sc joint, what can be done? Will it ever heal?
Yes it should: Sterniclavicular injuries are common. At age 17 as u stated this is really a fracture as the medial clavicle growth plate is one of the last to close( usually age 18-21). It's unusual that u are still having pain here 3 years after the initial injury unless u are continuing to 'stress' the joint( bench press, push- ups etc.)almost all of these injuries are treated non-operatively... Gl! ...Read more
Time: Rib contusions take time to heal, sometimes4-6 wks.An antiinflammatory medicine like Ibuprofen may be helpful for a short time. If your pain is not improving or u are uncertain of the diagnosis, see your primary care physician . Best of luck. ...Read more