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Loud popping sound from rib cage, mild pain. Taking motrin. X-ray showed no fracture. Causes?

I am 70 years old and, while leaning over the washing machine to remove clothing, I pressed down on my rib cage and heard a loud pop sound. I went to emergency room and they said no fractured ribs but I m not quite sure what they said caused the sound. I am in minimal pain, and will just take Motrin for a couple of days. what happened?
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Thanks for writing to us,

I have studied your case with diligence.
As per your history of trauma there is possibility of rib contusion.
Rib contusion is not always visible on X ray .You may need to do MRI or HRCT to see details of injury and to see for any lung puncture.

Medication like muscle relaxant and analgesic will reduce pain along with it use rib support belt.
You may consult physiotherapist for pain management. He may start TENS, or ultrasound which is helpful in your case.
You may need to take rest for early healing.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries. If you find this answer helpful do not forget to give rating at end of discussion.

Wishing you good health.

Take care

Answered: Mon, 2 Dec 2013
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