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Torn Rib Cartilage Treatment
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 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
Torn 1st rib cartilage of aug. 25, 2011 giving me neurological issues. Can the cartilage be repaired? My acupuncturist says I have tos!
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
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! ?
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
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
No: It's a normal part of getting older and of no concern. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
Have cheekbone implants from cadaver rib cartilage in an angular shape, was exfoliating my cheeks with a muslin cloth in circular motions hard. Could this have exfoliated the implant beneath the skin like buffered them and made the shapes less sharp?
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
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
I have a torn cartilage in my left knee. Torodol was suggested for pain. Is this a standard treatment but was told to take for only 5 days?
Reasonable treatment: Toradol is a good pain med. But one should not take it for more than 5 days due to risk to your kidneys ...Read more
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
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
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
Medical THC: There are many other safer medications for this pain. I would strongly advise against medical thc. ...Read more
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?
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?
Any suggestion for nerve pain med re first rib torn cartilage? Allergic to asa and derivatives. Took gabapentin in the past but reinjured ligament!
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