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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is slipping rib syndrome?

Slipping rib syndrome occurs when a patient's ribs slip and moves from its usual position, leading to pain in their chest or upper abdomen. It can be caused by previous chest injuries, or people with a history of abdominal surgery.

Symptoms related to slipping rib syndrome

  • Abdominal pain

  • Pain worsens or improves when I change my posture

  • Shoulder pain

  • Sharp abdominal pain

  • Chest tightness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for slipping rib syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose slipping rib syndrome

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Does the intensity of your pain change with your posture?

  • Do you have shoulder pain?

  • Did you have a sharp, stabbing-like abdominal (tummy) pain?

  • Do you have chest tightness?

Treatment for slipping rib syndrome

Slipping rib syndrome can resolve on its own. Your doctor may advise you to rest, apply ice or stretching the affected area and prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain. If pain persists anti-inflammatory injections to reduce the swelling, physiotherapy and other interventions may be required.

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