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Dr. Chip, Doctor (MD)
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Approximately 2 years ago my wife was seen by a Chiropractor.

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Approximately 2 years ago my wife was seen by a Chiropractor. While the Chiropractor was adjusting her back, my wife felt a sudden pain in her chest and a popping sensation. When my wife got off the table, she realized one of her ribs was sticking out approximately 1 cm. (Did not puncture the skin.) She was told to use rest and ice, and that it would be fine.
Although the pain subsided, my wife's rib never went back into place, and causes pain during any physical effort such as lifting moderately heavy weight.
Are there any treatment options?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Hi. Where exactly is the rib sticking out--perhaps where it meets the spinal column?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, It sticks out of her chest. Right above her left breast.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK. Then it's basically dislocated at the costochondral junction--where the cartilage connects the rib to the breastbone.
The one problem here is how long it's been out of place. Usually if this is treated early on by a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist--he can use local anesthesia and snap it back in place and then put her in a chest cage/rib binder for about two weeks until the rib secures itself back in its proper place.
I would still have her see a physiatrist for that treatment but since the rib has been dislocated for so long she might need surgery to wire it back in place
Let me know if you need more information
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** what I was hoping. The Chiropractor in question told us that there were no treatment options. That didn't seem right to me.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
No, it can be treated--hopefully without surgery
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