4 Steps to Take if you have Rib Pain

In our chiropractic clinic in Kilkenny, rib pain is a common complaint that people present to our chiropractor with. Before a treatment can be administered for rib pain a full history and examination must take place to rule out any serious causes of the problem.

1. Signs that you should seek emergency care include:

  • Pain that travels to the left shoulder and arm or into the jaw.
  • Dizziness or light-headedness associated with the pain. Any change in consciousness.
  • Any shortness of breath or cramping feeling in the chest.

2. During the initial 24 hours after the injury or after the pain comes on, apply ice for twenty mins every hour to the affected area. This will help reduce inflammation. Cover an ice pack in a light towel, do not apply directly to the skin.

3. Breath as normal and fully as the pain will allow, this will allow you to maintain movement in the rib cage.

4. Present to your local chiropractor for a full history and examination.

Rib injuries can come from a sudden injury such as sports or when lifting or coughing or can come on from repetitive movements or sitting for long periods over a period of time. 

If you would like any further information or to speak to our chiropractor here in the Kilkenny clinic please email us at info@chiropractorkilkenny.com or call us on 056 771 5775