Last Modified on May 26, 2012
Are you experiencing rib pain? As the protective material surrounding our critical internal organs and in being attached to a variety of muscles and connective tissue, the ribs can be afflicted with a variety of pains. Some of these are minor conditions that can heal on their own. Other incidences of rib pain are more critical, even immediately so.
Caution: If you are at all uncertain about the cause of your pain, get a doctor's diagnosis right away. Heart conditions, bone cancer, gallbladder attacks, and various other reasonably serious conditions can exhibit symptoms akin to rib pain.
Natural Cures: Pulled or torn muscles and ligaments around the ribs often cause rib pain. In this case, natural remedies that reduce inflammation, relax the muscles, and dull pain will be most effective while your body repairs the damage.
08/01/2010: Regi from Surprise, Az: "One day I felt lower right side pain in one rib and am looking for some answers. I'm over 60 and do outside work every day. Just touching that one rib in that spot is painful. What would be some recommendations?"
EC: Excellent website re: diagnosing rib pain: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/rib_pain.htm
05/26/2012: Greater from Sarasota, Florida, Us replies: "That sounds like it might be myofascial trigger points in your intercostal muscles, or in some other related muscles. I recommend The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies."