Sports Medicine/back injury


About 2 1/2 years ago I fractured a rib at the T6 level and the fracture healed about 3 months after I broke it.  The problem is that I have had really bad back pain since then and no one seemed to know why I was experiencing back pain if my rib had already healed.  I was diagnosed with chronic back pain of an unknown etiology.

I was recently referred to an arthiritis specialist to check and see if I had some kind of arthiritis.  All the test came back normal, but the doctor reviewed my x-rays with me and noticed that the rib that I had fractured had actually healed abnormally.  To verify the doctor viewed my x-rays from different angles and confirmed that my rib had actually healed abrnormal and was actually curved where the fracture occured.  The curve was about a quarter centimeter away from my spine.  The doctor told me that their was nothing I could do to fix the problem and that I had to deal with the pain.

Is their anything that I can do at this point?  surgery or something?  This pain really limits me on what I can and can't do.  It hurts me extremely bad to even to weed eating around the yard!  I need help!

Hi Mark- sounds iffy whether the healed fractured rid has anything to do with your back pain. Might want to get both chiropractic & osteopathic opinions whether treatment, adjustment, manipulation techniques would be helpful. Possible MRI or other tests to help evaluate. Acupuncture might also be helpful.
That's a question- is healed rib causing local inflammation?  You need further evaluation- ck these other resources for their opinion & get MRI.  Hope this helps, good luck, Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.


Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed shows

BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

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Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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