Orthopaedics

Rib cartilage Injury

The rib cage is a collection of a dozen pair of ribs, cartilages, a dozen vertebrae and the sternum bone. Seven pairs of the ribs attach to the sternum (a T-shaped bone) through the cartilages. A

rib cartilage injury

can occur when the ribs are impacted by a huge force during an injury.

Rib Cartilage Injury:

As a matter of fact, ribs are very strong and actually act as a protective layer over the heart and the lungs. But there is a threshold point even for the ribs’ strength. A heavy impact can crack and fracture the ribs and can cause the ribs to tear away from the cartilage.

How Can One Injure the Rib Cartilage?:

Let us look at the factors that can tend to break or fracture the ribs in a person.

As mentioned above, a direct impact to the ribs is one of the major causes. This usually happens when a person suffers a severe direct blow in the chest region from a solid object (when physically attacked by another person).  During such a physical attack, the cartilages and the muscles are bound to get damaged.

  • Motor accidents during which one hits the steering hard after the impact can severely render the ribs bruised.
  • Sports persons who are involved in sports that require a lot of hand swings can inflame the rib cartilage. Also, people who are into lifting heavy weights can also damage the rib cartilage causing the ribs to rupture.
  • Sudden and violent twists can also strain the cartilages causing the joints in the ribs to separate.

Symptoms:

The first and foremost symptom of injuring the rib cartilage is severe pain in the chest region.

  • People would also find it difficult to breathe.
  • Changing postures (especially from sleeping to sitting) would become very difficult.
  • Sneezing and coughing can also cause immense pain.
  • Tenderness of the chest region and pain when force is applied on the chest region.

A

rib cartilage injury

can be treated with the help of drugs. In case a fracture is also involved along with the cartilage injury, a surgery would be required. Resting for at least six weeks without getting involved in any laborious activity, ice therapy and rib belts can also help the cause.

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