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Severe Rib Dysfunction - 4th rib

The head of my 4th rib has actually spurred and I have 4-6 ribs that are dislocated at any given time. How I developed this problem is rare. I am a 44 year old woman that has led a life of athletes up until fall of 09. At that point, I was diagnosed with a herniated and bulging disc in my neck, thoracic outlet syndrome and I pulled my 4th rib out stretching in PT. Multiple ribs went crazy at that point. In an attempt to protect my spinal chord, my spine flattened and that loss of curvature crushed my ribs and caused all this dysfunction. With spine surgery, my curvature returned but my ribs are still a mess. I can breath better now but have limited use of my arms because of my rib issues. Any suggestions? Can a rib spur be removed and would that even help?
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