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Chiropractic Treatment of Rib Pain

rib painIf you’ve ever experienced any kind of rib pain you know just how surprisingly excruciating it can be. Normally when people think of “rib pain,” “broken ribs” is the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are many other conditions out there that can cause a substantial amount of pain in the rib cage area– so much so, in fact, that individuals sometimes find themselves in the ER because the pain can cause shortness of breath and even mimic the symptoms of a heart attack.

Now, obviously, if you slip and fall on the ice and “crack a rib,” you know that you’re going to have pain. But what about pain in the rib cage area after a bout of pneumonia or influenza– illnesses that cause a substantial amount of coughing? Can you sustain rib cage damage and pain then?

The answer is yes, you CAN experience both rib damage (in the form of a broken rib caused by prolonged and violent coughing spells) and pain. Even if nothing is broken, irritation and inflammation can occur. Since you can’t really “rest” your rib cage (because, of course, that would involve not moving the area which would mean not inhaling or exhaling) the healing process can be frightfully slow.

These types of “non-break” pains come have many different names, including costochondritis, intercostals neuritis, and costo-transverse. Costochondritis is “inflammation of the rib cage” while intercostal neuritis means that there is inflammation of the nerve(s) between the ribs. Intercostal neuritis is the term often used if you’re experiencing pain that radiates along the ribs around to the front of the chest. However, the term “costo-transverse sprain” is really probably the most accurate “official name” for the majority of rib cage pain, simply because the injury tends to respond quite well when treated in the manner that any other sprain would be treated.

If you’re experiencing chest pain, you need to seek medical treatment immediately. When it comes to your heart, you can never be too careful. Especially when caught early on, there are several interventions and treatments that are employed by physicians to help mitigate a heart attack.

Even if you’ve been cleared by your physician in regards to a cardiac and pulmonary issue and are sent home with a vague diagnosis of “rib pain,” “costochondroitis,” or any of the other terms mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. The physicians here at Fletcher Chiropractic are well versed in the treatment of all types of pain and inflammatory processes. Get on the (pain free) path to recovery with Fletcher Chiropractic today!

 

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

WVertigohen it comes to ailments that patients present to chiropractors, vertigo is right up there at the top of the list. Vertigo can strike pretty much any time, and is especially common following any sort of head and/or neck trauma. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to experience an episode of vertigo – along with the associated nausea and vomiting – you know just how horrible it can be. It’s important to note that, while there are many causes of vertigo, it is a very treatable condition in most cases. One of the most common causes of vertigo and dizziness is a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
Sometimes this is also called Positional Vertigo or Benign Vertigo. Other common causes of vertigo include labyrinthitis and acute vestibular neuronitis.

 

Unfortunately, BPPV is something that can easily go undiagnosed. Now, while there are medications that can make the symptoms better for a period of time, but they don’t cure the condition…they simply mask its effects. And, let’s face it – we aren’t in the business of masking problems – we’re in the business of treating and curing the underlying condition so that our patients can lead happy, healthy, functional lives. So, let’s take a few minutes to look at what BPPV is, how it’s diagnosed, and how the condition is treated.

 

BPPV is an inner ear condition that frequently occurs as part of the normal aging process and is due to a degeneration of the vestibular system in the inner ear (this is the mechanism that is responsible for your balance), It can also occur following a head injury, a virus, the use of certain medications, or even a small stroke. However, roughly 50% of all cases of BPPV have no known reason for occurring, which is one of the reasons it’s so frustrating for patients to deal with. When it comes to diagnosing BPPV, your chiropractor will start with a full history and physical. There are even specific tests and maneuvers that chiropractors employ to help differentiate one type of vertigo from another – sometimes these tests aren’t all that fun, but they don’t hurt and are a very necessary part of the diagnostic process.

 

Once your chiropractor has diagnosed BPPV, there are several things they can do to treat the condition. For instance, there are certain repositioning maneuvers that can be used and tend to cure the vast majority of those suffering from BPPV. Some of these maneuvers utilize gravity to help move the tiny crystals that exist in the inner ear (comprised of calcium carbonate) into a place where they won’t cause any additional symptoms. Obviously, there are some causes of dizziness that can’t be cured via chiropractic manipulation and, if we discover that that’s the case, we’ll make sure that you are referred on to someone that can help.

 

If vertigo or dizziness is something that you’ve been struggling with, please give us a call. The doctors here are Fletcher Chiropractic are well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of vertigo and would be happy to help you get back on your feet (dizziness-free!) again!

 

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Fletcher Chiropractic
4300 S 48th St Suite 7 | Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone: 402-261-5766 | Fax: 402-261-5943

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