People often confuse rib pain with back or spinal pain, and it makes sense – your ribs serve an important anatomical purpose, and just like your spine, they can become misaligned. From mild aches to sharp radiating jolts, rib pain can interfere with your active lifestyle and can even be debilitating.
Nothing to Rib About
You have 24 ribs – twelve on each side – that stem from your vertebrae and wrap around to your front, creating your rib cage. Your rib cage provides protection for your heart, lungs, and liver, and your rib cage supports and stabilizes your spine. When your ribs are out of alignment, your spine’s stability is decreased, which often leads to further physical complications. Your ribs and your spine, because they are interconnected in important ways, both play crucial roles in your overall health.
Pain that emanates from your ribs can range from mild to serious and can present in a variety of ways:
- A dull ache around the rib area;
- Sharp and stabbing pain that radiates out from the ribs;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Pain associated with sneezing and coughing;
- Pain associated with normal breathing (that sometimes mimics a heart attack); and
- Decreased range of motion through the body’s trunk.
In fact, the rib cage is integrally related to nearly every movement your body makes and, for that reason, can take a fairly long time to heal. Experienced chiropractic care can help.
If You’re Suffering from Rib Pain, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
Rib pain can really throw a wrench into your life – nearly every move you make resonates through your ribs. Chiropractic care can help you increase your range of motion and get back to moving comfortably. If rib pain is interfering with your life, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, you’ll receive an individualized treatment plan that focuses on you, your lifestyle, and your health. Our goal is to help you live a fuller life. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call or contact us for rib-pain relief.