Ribcage pain includes any pain or discomfort in the area of the ribs.
Pain – ribcage
With a broken rib, the pain is worse when bending and twisting the body. Such movement does not cause the pain in those who have
- Bruised, cracked, or fractured rib
- Inflammation of cartilage near the breastbone (
- Pleurisy (the pain is worse when breathing deeply)
Rest and immobilization are the best cure for a ribcage
Follow your health care provider’s instructions for treating the cause of ribcage pain.
Call your health care provider if
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you do not know the cause of the pain, or if it is ongoing.
What to expect at your health care provider’s office
The health care provider may perform a physical examination and ask about your symptoms and medical history, including:
- When did the pain start?
- Is it there all the time?
- Is it getting worse?
- How would you describe the pain?
- Is the pain sharp or stabbing?
- Does it feel like pulling or grabbing?
- Does it ache like a bruise?
- Is it a crushing pain?
- Does it feel like pressure or heaviness? (This may be a sign of
anginaor heart attack)
- Exactly where is the pain?
- Is it only on one side?
- Is it the same on both sides?
- Is the pain worse when bending or twisting?
- Is it worse when coughing?
- Is it worse when breathing deeply?
- Has there been an injury to the chest?
- What other symptoms do you have?
Tests that may be ordered include:
Bone scan(if there is known history of canceror it is highly suspected) Chest x-ray
Your health care provider may prescribe treatment for your ribcage pain. Treatment depends on the cause.