Rib pain can be a debilitating condition that can significantly impact your quality of life.

If you are experiencing rib pain, it is essential to seek the help of a healthcare professional, such as a Saskatoon chiropractor or physiotherapist at E3, who can provide you with the necessary treatment and support.

Understand Your Rib Pain

Causes of Rib Pain

Joint Dysfunction

Your ribs must move freely when you breathe, bend, twist, and reach.

Each rib has two joints attaching to your spine (costovertebral and costotransverse joints) and one to the front of your chest to your sternum (costosternal joints). When the joints that attach your ribs to your spine do not move properly, this is called segmental joint dysfunction. This can result in very sharp pain in the area of joint dysfunction.

Most of the rib pain that you may be experiencing is due to dysfunction of the joints that attach your rib to your spine.


One of the most common causes of rib pain is a strain or injury to the muscles and tissues that support the ribs. This can be caused by overuse, repetitive motions, or sudden impact, such as a fall or collision. Rib fractures are also a common cause of rib pain, especially in older adults or those with weakened bones due to underlying health conditions.


Another potential cause of rib pain is a condition known as costochondritis, which is the inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone. This condition can be caused by repetitive motions or strain, as well as underlying health conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.

Take-Home Care

In addition to chiropractic care and manual therapies, there are several things you can do at home to manage rib pain. Resting and avoiding strenuous activities can help reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Click HERE to go to our blog about three exercises you can do to decrease your rib pain!

Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is also essential, as this can help improve your overall health and reduce your risk of developing underlying health conditions that can contribute to rib pain. A Saskatoon chiropractor can help you develop a personalized treatment plan that incorporates healthy lifestyle choices, chiropractic care, and manual therapies to manage your rib pain effectively.

If you are experiencing rib pain, we recommend getting checked out right away.

Our team will assess and work together to get you out of pain.

Don't let the side effects of rib pain stop you from enjoying your favourite activities. Book an appointment with E3 today! 

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