Whether it happened doing overhead presses in the gym, pull-starting a lawnmower or following a violent sneeze, if you’ve had it happen to you, you know very well how extreme the pain of having a rib out is. A misaligned rib can make it exceedingly difficult to twist or reach – even the simple act of breathing can be excruciating.
Are you suffering pain in your ribs? If you are experiencing rib pain, it may be sharp, dull, or an achy feeling that is felt at or below the chest or above your navel. The pain can be felt on either side of your ribs and may occur after an obvious injury or appear without any explanation at all.
Since there are many reasons why you may be experiencing rib pain, we will perform a complete exam to determine your cause. However, if you are experiencing severe pain when breathing or moving your body into a specific position, or if you are having difficulty breathing, then we recommend you seek emergency help. These symptoms may be the sign of an impending heart attack.