Most people think chiropractors only work on the spine. But there are lots of other conditions a good chiropractor can help you with also...even rib pain. I see 5-6 new cases of rib pain per month at my San Francisco Chiropractic Center.
So...How do know if you have a rib that is out of alignment?
Well...usually you have some pain...either in the mid-back or the upper back. Or in the front of your chest on your sternum. And...it hurts when you take a deep breath. If the rib pain is really bad...it can hurt with normal breathing. In addition, you can have pain that radiates all the way from the back...around the rib...to the sternum.
You actually have nerves that run along the length of each rib called the intercostal nerve. When these nerves become irritated from a subluxated rib...it can cause all of the symptoms listed above. It can also be very difficult to sleep, as it is hard to sleep on your side.
The best thing to do if you think you have a rib out is to see a chiropractor right away and put some ice on the painful area to reduce inflammation. Sometimes the rib pain goes away quick...sometimes it takes a while, so hang in there.