Chiropractors/rib cramp


QUESTION: hi,im also constipated and have to strain to make bowel movement.the past 3 days have cramping feeling no pain under rib cage right side.does not hurt when I press it.think it could be muscle strain from straining at toilet.extreme right side under ribs feels like gas bubble

ANSWER: Hi Howard

This does sound like an abdominal/rib strain issue but you should have it explored by your internist to rule out any other pathology. If it is a strain only, allow 4-6 weeks of healing time and do some heating and stretching.

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QUESTION: I read a few articles on internet that stress and anxiety can definitely cause rib pain on both sides

Stress and anxiety can cause chest and rib discomfort but without proper check-up it's hard to say. Typically rib strains are from exertion of activity from anything from picking up a heavy object or sneezing/coughing too much. Check for other symptoms like pain in shoulder blades, low back, or chest to determine if you need to visit your primary. Also symptoms like fatigue need to be checked.  


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Vishal Verma DC CCSP


I can answer questions about acute and chronic pain and their conservative management, sports injuries, back and neck pain, extremity pain, herniated/bulging discs, sciatica or other neurological issues, rehabilitation and fitness concerns, spinal decompression and cold laser therapy. I can't answer questions about specific medications and their prescription. I can give general information about them at best.


I have years of experience in sportsmedicine and conservative care of musculo-skeletal injuries with the use of chiropractic, rehabilitation, and fitness/exercise as well as the use of advanced technologies such as spinal decompression and low intensity laser therapy. I have private practice experience as well as experience within an integrated medical setting with concurrent care of patients with both medicine as well as alternative therapy. I am a board certified sports chiropractor and have treated athletes of all kinds in the conservative management of sports injuries and performance enhancement.

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