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Rib pain after chiro visit
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Rib pain after chiro visit

I'm a 22 year old have been going to a chiropractor for the past 6 or so years to help with what I've been told is a difference in leg length leading to stiffness in lower back and neck.  I'm a pro dancer (ballet) and enjoy the added comfort and flexibility with regular visits.  This weekend I went on vacation, slept in a soft bed and was stiff so visited my chiro Monday afternoon.  He adjusted me as usual (never had ANY problems before), but as soon as he was done I had this really funny feeling in my ribs (front, lower).  I grabbed them right away and showed him that something was different (I really don't know how to explain the feeling.  I guess like a rib is out of place?  But really not sore at that point, just weird...).  He showed me on the wall exactly what he readjusted and why, all made sense.  As the night has progressed I'm starting to get pretty sore and still have this goofy, nagging feeling around my ribs.  Could he have hurt something?  Am I just being paranoid?  Will another visit tomorrow telling him something's wrong fix anything?  Any info would be great!  Thanks!  Jen
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I'm not sure what type of treatment he gave you, but I have heard of ribs fracturing upon certain forms of manipulation (including CPR). It's rare in chiropractic offices, but depending on your size/frame, and the amount of force used by the doctor, I suppose it's possible.

Not much can be done, however, if that were the case... Fractured ribs generally heal on their own.

You might benefit from less aggressive chiropractic techniques, such as those delivered with an instrument, or any of the Upper Cervical procedures.

I have a number of ballet dancers as patients and they have greatly benefited from Upper Cervical Care. Should that interest you, a referral directory can be found at www.UpCspine.com.
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