need help - ribs out of place - lots ...
curly haired boy

Traverse City, MI

#29 Apr 4, 2013
i suffer from the same problem i have been dealing with it for a long time . what we have is called Slipping Rib Syndrome which has many causes, mine is from open heart surgery i had a a very young age . I have been told that there are some ways to treat it with anti inflamitorys (i cant spell ) but if it is to tough to deal with there is also a surgery option to shorten the streched ligimends that can fix the problem . i wish you the best of luck and i hope i gave you a few options to consider.
Check this site

Honolulu, HI

#32 Jun 8, 2013
This site has a lot of good information on it.... I've been seeing a therapist and he is adjusting my rib back into place. It is really helping, but you have to correct your posture and be gentle with your motions until your muscles around your adjusted rib heal... Good luck! Hope this helps someone else...

http://www.mens-health-tips.com/dislocated-ri...
Check this site

Honolulu, HI

#33 Jun 8, 2013
Another good site... actually has things you can do to fix the problem yourself...

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-heal-slipped-ribs...
Stephanie

Virginia Beach, VA

#34 Jun 9, 2013
I have a rib out of place right now and its KILLING ME! Its the 3rd time its happened since 2007. I sat in a chair and a wheel was broken and I went flying out and did a spin, etc etc. Had an x-ray and went to physical therapy. My therapist is the one who discovered the rib out. He gave me some breathing exercises to strengthen the muscles around my ribs. You lay flat and take a DEEP breath and hold your stomach in real tight and while you still hold your tummy in tight you release the breath. Keep your tummy in while breathing for a count of 10 and release. Repeat. I also went to the chiropractor and didn't tell him my rib was out of place. I told him where my pain was and he felt around and told me it was out of place so that confirmed to me he knew what he was talking about. I always feel better when I leave the chiropractor and then i'm sore, but it is getting better. The first time the rib came out I was in SO MUCH pain I didn't know what was happening to me. It is miserable. Hurts to move, breath, cough, sneeze. And if you're like me you can't sit still but for so long! So, when I start to feel a little better I vacuum or something and the next day I'm back in bed. So, exercise is not good for this problem. Only rest, chiropractor and breathing exercises helped me. Hope you all feel better soon.
blossem

Gloucester, UK

#35 Jan 21, 2014
i have same problem it was fine until a week ago must have turned funny it lot of pain in back I think it got inflamed as its burning sick of it
SVZ

Nedlands, Australia

#37 Jan 30, 2014
I have this issue as well, mine is a shooting sharp pain in the side of my ribs if I breath in deep or sneeze or if I lie flat on my back it hurts. I generally have a problem back, so I had X-rays which showed some arthritis in my lower back but supposedly nothing more. Then I showed my X-rays to my physio and she pointed out a rib that was not aligned like the rest. She did some stretching tests with me and came to the conclusion that I have hypermobility, unusually flexible joints, which has lead the ligament holding that rib in place on the spine to stretch or tear, and now the rib is constantly slipping out of place.

Contrary to what your chiro said, my physio says there is no muscle near that ligament in your spine so it cannot help to strengthen a muscle that doesn't exist. She has been doing strapping instead. The same way you strap a sprained ankle to heal the ligaments. The strapping goes from the front of my ribs on my right side, stretched very tight to my left should blade. It's a bit uncomfortable and irritates my skin but it takes away the pain and she says the ligament will slowly have a chance to heal and tighten - we hope! Otherwise there is an injection they can put directly into the ligament a few times that helps tighten it.
LadyRedrunner

United States

#39 Feb 8, 2014
After reading everyone's post, I can relate to the excruciating pain and looking for answers. I injured my ribs from a car door impacting them. And over doing lifting heavy storage containers, twisting and lifting over my head.
Here's what worked. I have an awesome chiropractor and she used an activator with a high punch to it. It hurt but I knew it was going to work. Some of you talked about should and neck pain, she punched the top part of my should to put in three ribs that we're sticking out. I couldn't see them. And the severe muscle spasms stopped. The same was for me, went to ER for all kinds of test because the pain was radiating everywhere.
The other thing that needs to heal are the swollen inflamed muscles from the ribs that were out. My chiropractor said NO exercise for 6 weeks and use moist heat. She was right. The ribs and muscles have time to heal and get stronger with no exercise, twisting, lifting etc. it's hard for me to behave since I am so active and I also do weights, running, hiking and swimming. But after so much pain I'm going to do what she says since I am now pain free. I can't even do repetitive motions like scrubbing a spot off of a rug.
Also there is something called an inverted rib, that's when a rib turns inward from injury and makes it painful to take breaths. That sometimes does get corrected by taking breaths and pushing the rib back out.
Best wishes to all of you in your healing.
Knowitall

Fort Washington, PA

#40 Mar 4, 2014
sorry to hear about your painful problem. and I know this thread is old, so I am posting in case any other people read through it who are having a similar problem. I didn't read through the whole thread, but I am surprised not many people mentioned that two weeks of PT is a drop in a bucket of the time that will be needed to make progress. Think about it. you're trying to strengthen muscles and tendons to keep your rib in place. Do body builders and athletes workout for 2 weeks and get all the results they want? Of course not. It will probably take 2-3 months before you start to see real results. Tell the PT to write out workout plan you can do on your own, in your own home or at the gym. and take it slowly. Good Luck.

Anonymous, PT, CSCS
vej

Coopers Plains, Australia

#43 Apr 11, 2014
I have this same problem for past 5 years.I had a back injury in 2009.. I have done all the tests like MRI and a few x rays..they didn't really find anything..but I can feel always a dull pain and discomfort on my left back on the last ribs. And I have left leg problems and shortness in breathing too..I have tried massage,chiro,phisyo,accupantu re...almost everything..now my body itself deformed in a weird posture..my torso is leaning to right..what should I do??? Please help me???
Dan

Northville, MI

#44 May 27, 2014
Ms Trapezius wrote:
I'm a 29 year old female suffering from pain in my left shoulder blade region from ribs out of place. One, in particular, they tell me is 'badly' out of place - this spot is very tender and swollen. This problem has been consistent for 2 years. I have seen a chiro specifically for this for the past 1.5 years, 3-4 times per week, and he always puts the rib back in place, but it shortly falls or pulls out again. When he puts it back in place I feel immediate relief. 2 weeks ago I started PT for this problem, but it does not seem to be helping. They are giving me lots of stretches and such, but the actual bone still remains out of place - they can't push it back in. I have had 2 MRIs and multiple Xrays - they just show some ribs out. Sometimes this pain is so bad that I dream of literally stabbing myself (I know better). Any advice?
Stop wasting your money on a chiro who more than likely hurt your rib. See an orthopedic medical doctor. It worked for me!
Anonymous

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#45 Jun 30, 2014
Ms Trapezius wrote:
I'm a 29 year old female suffering from pain in my left shoulder blade region from ribs out of place. One, in particular, they tell me is 'badly' out of place - this spot is very tender and swollen. This problem has been consistent for 2 years. I have seen a chiro specifically for this for the past 1.5 years, 3-4 times per week, and he always puts the rib back in place, but it shortly falls or pulls out again. When he puts it back in place I feel immediate relief. 2 weeks ago I started PT for this problem, but it does not seem to be helping. They are giving me lots of stretches and such, but the actual bone still remains out of place - they can't push it back in. I have had 2 MRIs and multiple Xrays - they just show some ribs out. Sometimes this pain is so bad that I dream of literally stabbing myself (I know better). Any advice?
What ended up happening with you Ms Trapezius? I seem to be going through this for the past month.
Anonymous

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#46 Jun 30, 2014
metoo wrote:
I am having the same problem, except it is on the right side. The chiro had told me that I have 3 out of place. I have went 5 times. It is still falling out of place. He insists it will stay in when the muscles get strong. But I am begining to doubt him. I am going for a secound opion. At a Medical Dr. office. Ice helps for the pain. My chiro said Heat is bad for it. I have no insurance so I can not go through all of those MRI and xrays you did. Good luck
What ended up happening?
betty

Suisun City, CA

#47 Jul 22, 2014
Anonymous wrote:
No advice, but hang in there. Sounds awful!
I have a few out in back left shoulder blade area now,,been having it happen for years! Have a neck/spinal condition and suffer from extreme spasms, and yes back and spinal spasms CAN pull your ribs out of place! I never knew that! My Dr told me,,anyway, I got lucky, she is a OMM osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist, I would suggest seeing one before a chiro any day! Have been to a chiro, nothing lasting for long,,anyway, she aligns things up and puts my ribs in and does the rest of my spine and hips shoulders you name it, very small movements, don't feel a thing while she does it,,I go in 1 time a month weather I need it or not and she can catch them when they are about to go or half way out,,best treatment ever for this I have found! As well the rest of my back loves her too! When I leave her office I have ZERO pain, it will last at least a month unless I do something and throw it out, but she will squeeze me into her busiest of days as she knows the pain I am dealing with day in day out and this is a small part of it...but I can't speak highly enough, of OMM specialist, do homework on the ones covered by you insurance, not all are "good" I got lucky, mine is one of the most sought after in the bay area! Much love to all!
See

Cedar Rapids, IA

#50 Jul 29, 2014
I just went to the chiro today for this. Was having shouldr and neck pain for about 4 days then started getting shortness of breath and a bubbling noise below my sternum. I had two out I will be going for a follow up later this week she popped em back then did the ultra sound machine and told me to ice it when I got home. I'm in a lot of pain at the moment but I'm not sure if it's just from being adjusted or if she maybe didn't get them all. I too was worried I was having a stroke or heart attack since I have never had this happen before. I think I got mine from lifting weights :(. It's on my left side and she told me I am significantly stronger on my right side...must have strained on the left too hard
Brenda S

Windsor, Canada

#53 Jan 7, 2015
A few years ago I had a nagging pain in my left shoulder blade that wouldn't go away. So I ended up seeing 3 different doctors (clinic, family, and specialist). None of them could figure it out but one suggested it was my gall bladder and that it should be removed. I was sent for an ultrasound on my gallbladder and some small polyps were found but nothing was out of order. My family Dr. then suggested I get some physiotherapy. So I attended a chiropractor for physio. He was the only Dr. to put a hand on my back and right away said I had ribs dislocated. He reset them for meand gave me some exercises to build the muscles back up. I have been pain free ever since! Thanks Dr. Angelini!!!
Kenzie age 22

Layton, UT

#54 Apr 10, 2015
I went to the chiropractor a few days ago. He said my pelvis, ribs, shoulder, neck and jaw were all out of place. I had no idea. But he put them back in place and it felt awesome! But later that night and since then .. I've been in SO much pain. Do I try to work out and build strength ? Or keep going in, and once everything is back in place start working out? Will it cause damage if I workout while they're still out of place ? I had no idea it would hurt so bad. Or that I even had something out of place. I've had health issues since I can remember. Do you think having so much of my body out of place it could cause all my health problems?
Baseball player

Memphis, TN

#55 Apr 19, 2015
im 12 and when I pitch during baseball and it pops out every time I throw hard
big b

Cedartown, GA

#56 May 17, 2015
ashley wrote:
try seeing a good massage therapist, not just any masseuse, before going to the chiropractor, if the muscles that originally pulled the rib out of place are still tight, they will pull the rib right back out again... also think about any repetitive movements you might be doing, this is an extremely common injury for acrobats
I have the same problem with the rib just be very careful they took out my gallbladder because of it.Then I went to the chiropractor and a neuromuscular massage therapist, they worked wonders until you move again then its out again
Toribird

Tulsa, OK

#61 Jul 31, 2015
ashley wrote:
try seeing a good massage therapist, not just any masseuse, before going to the chiropractor, if the muscles that originally pulled the rib out of place are still tight, they will pull the rib right back out again... also think about any repetitive movements you might be doing, this is an extremely common injury for acrobats
I agree with Ashley...
I am a licensed massage therapist. I have worked with many clients who have ribs out. All have been successes! However, first rib is by far the hardest to keep in place. It's not impossible! As a matter of fact, massaging muscles around first rib will cause it to relax and drop. Depending on the scar tissue there, this may need to be done several times! Have a LMT work on you. Tell them to focus on lengthening your 1) sternocladomastoid 2) scaleens 3) intercostals of first and second rib.

Do you clench your jaw at night? Grind your teeth? This could be a factor... Have you had whiplash? Do you wear a heavy purse on that shoulder? You might want to change some of these things. Especially while you are undergoing treatment.
Best wishes!!
Lifeisgood

Minneapolis, MN

#62 Aug 10, 2015
I had this for years! I had Rolfing suggested to me by one of my doctors. I tried it and it changed my life! Rarely ever do I have rib heads out now! And I have had so many other benefits, not just pain relief from rib heads being out. But isn't that enough?:)

Look up Rolfing. One of the best decisions I ever made!

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