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Fractured and dislocated ribs. Pain persists while exercising. Need to see a thoracic surgeon?

Hi Dr. Agarwal, I m Eli. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. On 10/16 I suffered a fractured and dislocated rib while practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitusu. Front, right side, two down from my sternum. The pain has gone away for the most part but it is still sticking out where the rib meets the cartilage and I still experience pain if I lay on it or exercise strenuously. My question is what should I do now that it s not returning to it s original place? Should I see a thorasic surgeon or try a chiropractor? Both have been recommended. The third alternative is to do nothing and I m not as excited about that. Thank you for your help! -Eli
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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thank traumatic arthritis may develop at the costochondral junction. the pain may take few times to resolve. avoid strenuous exercise. you may take simple analgesic like paracetamol for the pain. if not responding then consult a orthopedic specialist.
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