Suggest treatment for severe back and shoulder pain post a spinal injury

Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016 in Back Pain
Question: Can a spinal injury cause alternating rib cartilege tears, lower back pain and shoulder pain. This has been going on for 5 weeks. One side heals then the other side gets injured. The ribtears have been very painful. I felt best when standing up. I could walk fine, no back pain. .Sorry, but I had lower back pain. Went to PT yesterday and lower back pain worse.
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Tietze syndrome. Spine MRI needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hi there.

Thanks for the query.

Rib cartilage inflammation can occur in Tietze syndrome causing Costochondritis.

It can also be part of Seronegative arthritis.

Do get an MRI of the spine to look for nerve root compression which can cause these symptoms.

I hope I have answered your query.

I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

Thanks and regards.

Dr. Aashish Raghu
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Can this syndrome be activated by rib injuries.
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 12 hours later
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Detailed Answer:
This is usually idiopathic and has no noticeable cause but can be triggered by nearby injuries
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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