Upper Back Pain

When a person inhales and exhales, the ribs expand and contract by rotating on an axis at the point where they contact the vertebrae in the back. Occasionally the ribs get restricted at this location and pain can ensue. This condition is usually easily fixed with a chiropractic adjustment to the ribs to free up the motion. Many patients that have experienced these symptoms will describe that they "have a rib out" on subsequent occurrences.

Cartilage injuries can be caused by blunt trauma or a powerful sneeze or cough. The injury normally occurs in the front of the rib cage where the cartilage and bone come together. This condition will usually heal on its own over the course of a couple of months as will most non-displaced rib fractures.

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