Rib Pain


Rib Pain


Rib pain Q & A

Feeling pain in any of the 12 ribs on each side  of our chest can be alarming. Typically pain in our ribs can come from the muscle, the cartilage or other connective soft tissue material. Many different conditions from a pulled muscle to post surgery can cause rib pain.  If you’re experiencing pain between or around your ribs, it’s important to pay close attention to your symptoms.  Key symptoms to watch for include skin changes, pain while breathing or coughing or pain when pressing on the chest area. Our pain specialists here at Racz Pain Centers are here to help  you treat the pain.

What is rib pain?

Rib cage pain may feel achy, sharp or  dull and can be caused by a pulled muscle to a rib fracture.  In general, rib pain makes it difficult to breath, twist or put pressure on the chest area. Sometimes the pain in the rib cage can be a sign of something more serious that has slowly developed over time.  If there is a pain in the rib area, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Racz at Racz Pain Centers to precisely diagnose and treat the rib pain.

What causes rib pain?

Rib pain can happen when there is trauma to the chest or a muscular strain, joint inflammation, or a pain syndrome of unknown cause. Some systemic illness such as autoimmune disorders or fibromyalgia also cause rib pain. Rib joints can become inflamed and cause pain and known as costochondritis. It’s important to diagnose and treat the pain so  the pain does the create additional medical complications.

How do you treat a rib pain?

It’s important to get diagnosed correctly with the rib pain.  If your pain doesn’t go away and after over the counter pain relievers with rest, than it’s time to schedule with Dr. Racz at Racz Pain Centers.  Our team will be able to diagnose the cause of your pain after an exam and detailed review of your medical history. We may also schedule diagnostic tests such as an X-ray or lab work to confirm medical health and to develop a detailed treatment pain. Our treatment option for rib pain can include medication, joint injections, physical therapy and other alternatives.

Regardless of the type or severity of your rib pain, the first step towards healing is to receive an examination. Dr. Racz and his medical team can only assess your injury but also recommend the most effective and personalized treatment plan. Schedule your appointment today.

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