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Can ribs get out of place?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

The ribs articulate with the spine in the back and breastbone in the front.
These are technically joints and with enough forced can become disrupted.

In brief: Possibly

The ribs articulate with the spine in the back and breastbone in the front.
These are technically joints and with enough forced can become disrupted.
Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Dr. Jeffrey Everett
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Dr. Robert Cameron
I agree but the force or stress needed is variable. Some people can cough and break a rib entirely and some can push with their rib case and "pop" a rib out of place or a rib joint is disrupted. Each case is different
Dr. Savas Mavridis
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Ribs have articulations just like other bones, so it is possible to have a rib displaced.
You need to see your doctor. A physical exam and additional x-rays will diagnose the problem. Your doctor then can discuss treatment options.

In brief: Yes

Ribs have articulations just like other bones, so it is possible to have a rib displaced.
You need to see your doctor. A physical exam and additional x-rays will diagnose the problem. Your doctor then can discuss treatment options.
Dr. Savas Mavridis
Dr. Savas Mavridis
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