Have You Ever had Back and Rib Pain Simultaneously?

As it turns out, mid-back injuries are often accompanied by rib pain. The rib cage and ribs are connected to the spine. Therefore, if you happen to experience pain in one area, it may lead to pain in the other. Often, when your back and/or ribs are injured, it can be extremely painful. People often experience a dull, sharp, or burning sensation. In severe cases, patients find their range of motion limited and experience pain when they cough, sneeze, or laugh.

What Causes Rib and Mid-Back Pain?

  • Postural strain
  • Muscle strains
  • Fractures
  • Inflammation of the cartilage
  • Overworked muscles
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Vertebral misalignments or subluxations

How Physical Therapy Relieves Rib and Mid-Back Pain

Back pain is the #1 reason millions visit a physical therapist for relief. It is also the number one reason people miss work, above any other ailment. For mid-back pain, keeping the rib cage—and the rest of the spine and structural system—in balance is important. A physical therapist might use heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and flex-and-release techniques to treat the pain. They can also teach effective exercises for the thoracic spine.

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