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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? .

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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I had cheekbone implants made of rib cartilage put in 8 months ago. I don't smoke but unfortunately did at a party yesterday, I had 3 cigarettes and 2 thin cigars. Could this 1 time event resorb them? Would there be any signs like resorbing unevenly?

I had cheekbone implants made of rib cartilage put in 8 months ago. I don't smoke but unfortunately did at a party yesterday, I had 3 cigarettes and 2 thin cigars. Could this 1 time event resorb them? Would there be any signs like resorbing unevenly?

No: Smoking following any grafting procedure of the head and neck region can affect the success of the graft. The one time event of smoking 8 months postoperatively should not have a detrimental effect on your grafted areas. ...Read more

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Cortisol causes bone resorption, would it resorb my cheekbone implants made from rib cartilage?

Cortisol causes bone resorption, would it resorb my cheekbone implants made from rib cartilage?

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

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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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Had rib cartilage cheekbone implants, not allowed to smoke as could cause them to resorb. I sniffed a scented candle few times today whilst lit to try and smell the scent then blew it out so unfortunately more smoke went in my nose. Could this resorb?

Had rib cartilage cheekbone implants, not allowed to smoke as could cause them to resorb. I sniffed a scented candle few times today whilst lit to try and smell the scent then blew it out so unfortunately more smoke went in my nose. Could this resorb?

Mean, Mean Nicotine: I'd bet what they're worried about is the effect of the nicotine in tobacco. It constricts small blood vessels, which restricts blood flow & thereby slows healing. Without the proper nourishment the new tissue would start to die & the healing process would turn into a clean-up operation. A few whiffs of candle smoke won't hurt; even a few whiffs of tobacco smoke, so don't worry; just avoid nicotine ...Read more

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Took 3000 iu vitamin D3 daily for a week, I recently had cheekbone implants made of rib cartilage. Read that high D3 can cause bone loss. Will taking that dose have resorbed some of the implants?

Took 3000 iu vitamin D3 daily for a week, I recently had cheekbone implants made of rib cartilage. Read that high D3 can cause bone loss. Will taking that dose have resorbed some of the implants?

No.: The amount and duration of vitamin D you've taken isn't enough to cause any long term, much less immediate, problems. Vitamin D toxicity can raise serum calcium levels primarily by resorbing bone. But cartilage is a non-bony fibrous tissue which isn't directly affected by vitamin D metabolism. While taking 3000 IU D3 supplement shouldn't cause you harm, there's no real benefit either. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I am 22 yr. Male, I am experiencing a squeezing and crushing sensation in my upper left chest (around 2nd costal cartilage) when eating food.?

I am 22 yr. Male, I am experiencing a squeezing and crushing sensation in my upper left chest (around 2nd costal cartilage) when eating food.?

FirstCheckYourDiet: If you were older I'd suggest you go get yourself checked ASAP because those kinds of discomforts could be due to a heart problem. Much less likely at your age but not impossible. Because it's when you are eating (or after?) I'd first try and see if it is something specific I'm eating that is the cause, The acid from your stomach could be coming back up. So if this persists, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with torn cartilage torn ligament and a syst in my knee what is the treatment?

I've been diagnosed with torn cartilage torn ligament and a syst in my knee what is the treatment?

Knee: Evaluation and treatment by competent surgereon. Sometimes bracing and physical therapy is first step. Also we talking meniscus? Which ligaments? Anterior cruciate worst (sports). There is medial, lateral and posterior ligaments. These plus muscles hold knee together. Meniscus is your cushion. But if torn, not all cases need surgery. Who made this diagnosis. See orthopedic surgeon for answers. ...Read more

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What to do about torn cartilage in upper ribs?

What to do about torn cartilage in upper ribs?

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

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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

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Is there a minimally invasive surgery to repair torn rib ligament/cartilage so it can be reattached to sternum?

Is there a minimally invasive surgery to repair torn rib ligament/cartilage so it can be reattached to sternum?

Rib pain: An injury to the junction of a rib with the cartilage attachement to the sternum can be extremely painful but unfortunately there are no well accepted treatments. If local injection of anesthetics can block the pain appropriately, resection of the site of pain could be considered rather than "repair". Small sections of the ribs are sometimes resected for spine procedures and usually well tolerated. ...Read more

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Will medical marijuana help torn cartilage pain in my ribs?

Will medical marijuana help torn cartilage pain in my ribs?

Medical THC: There are many other safer medications for this pain. I would strongly advise against medical thc. ...Read more

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Thanks for comments re chronic 1st rib torn cartilage! This nurse now needs a new job! Gluten sensitive here and love to help...Inspired by help here?

Thanks for comments re chronic 1st rib torn cartilage! This nurse now needs a new job! Gluten sensitive here and love to help...Inspired by help here?

Rib pain interventin: If your pain and disability is really related to rib arthrosis (joint failure), you may need surgery. Before that, try all families of anti inflammatory medication to make sure that won't help first. ...Read more

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My daughter plays competitive soccer. Was fine yesterday then reached upwards with her arm and now has rib pain. Could this just be torn cartilage?

My daughter plays competitive soccer. Was fine yesterday then reached upwards with her arm and now has rib pain. Could this just be torn cartilage?

Could be an: Injury to the cartilage that sit between the ribs or a strain of the muscles that surround the run cage. Support or care is ok nsaids ice stretching. Should get better in a week or so. ...Read more

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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