Rib subluxations occur when the head of a rib becomes malpositioned within its joint articulation with a thoracic vertebrae. This typically presents with a sudden onset of sharp pain in the midback and scapula areas that is especially noted with trunk movement, coughing, sneezing, or taking in a deep breath. Rib subluxations can occur from poor posture, improper lifting technique, chronic overuse, or direct trauma to the thoracic spine.
How can Chiropractic help?
Chiropractic adjustments to the costotransverse joint (where the head of the rib meets the thoracic vertebrae) are the best treatment for rib subluxations and patients typically feel immediate relief right after the adjustment.