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Why do I Have Pain under Right Rib Cage – Causes and advice

Pain under Right Rib Cage – The Causes of under the right rib cage pain

Pain under Right Rib Cage

If you’re reading this page at the very moment, then chances are that you’re experiencing a rib cage pain, particularly a pain under right rib cage! And you may or may not be aware, but other than the notorious blunt trauma to the chest, there are many more reasons why you’re experiencing this pain under the right rib cage. The human rib cage is a vital protective bone protecting some of our most vital organs, any pain experienced in this area should be diagnosed and treated immediately!

The first and foremost approach to detecting the cause or your rib cage pain is to sit down, relax, and verify where the pain is coming from because depending on which side the pain is felt, the causes will differ. So make sure that what you’re describing isn’t in fact, a pain under the left rib cage, since some pains can start off from the right rib cage, but “travel” towards the left rib cage. Make sure that the pain you’re describing is coming from below the ribs, specifically pain below the right rib cage.

Now that you’re absolutely sure of where the pain is radiating from and you’re certain that it is a pain below the rib cage, now is the time to find out what your right rib pain symptom is trying to tell you.

Some causes of lower right rib pain

To begin to understand how dangerous it is to ignore pain, such as the one you’re feeling under your rib cage, it is vital to learn about what organs are situated around the lower rib cage. There are multiple important (duh.. all organs are important) organs that are around the abdomen area which is right underneath the rib cage, and they include intestines, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, spleen and if you’re a female, the uterus and ovaries get added to the list too, so if in any case you or someone you know experiences a lower right rib pain, it’s a cause for alarm, it should not be taken lightly!


Here are some of the causes of your lower rib pain or any pain right under the rib cage –

Injury to the rib cage/chest

When rib pain is the topic, regardless of the position of the pain, left or right sides of the rib cage, the number one question your chiropractor will ask is if you’ve had any force/ blunt trauma force to the chest wall. When a person experiences an intense force to the chest, subject to the intensity of the impact, the one or more of the ribs could either get dislocated, subluxated or even fractured and that should send the pain springing from either right rib cage or the left rib cage.  pain from an injured rib has no specific area where it is felt, some would experience a lower right rib pain,  others feel an upper right rib pain, and there are some who would feel it either in the upper or lower left rib cage, while some others would feel it “all over the chest”.

T0 learn more about dislocated ribs or subluxated rib injuries, symptoms and treatment, please go here or here.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

irritable bowel syndrome according to is a chronic disorder commonly specific to the colon or large intestines, and its symptoms are characterized by abdominal pain, cramp, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. But due to the location of the bowel, this pain can originate from the abdomen, but “extend”  right under the right rib cage! The good news is IBS or irritable bowel syndrome isn’t a life-threatening disease, only a fraction of sufferers experience very severe symptoms, most only have mild symptoms.

In case of rectal bleeding, abdominal pain that only happens during the evening/night, or loss in weight… you should definitely go and see your doctor right away as these could mean a more life-threatening condition.

Too Much Gas in the Abdomen

Wait, what?! If you’re one of those who asks “can gas cause rib pain?” or wondering if you have “gas under rib cage” then the answer is YES.  Trapped gas in the abdomen or the colon can cause pain and discomfort right underneath or behind the rib cage. If you suspect you’re experiencing gas pain, then it’s best to see a doctor for a more professional advice, subsequently stay off carbohydrate-rich foods, starchy and fatty foods too as the consumption of these causes gas pain under right rib cage.

Acid Reflux and Abdominal Ulcers

Acid reflux and abdominal ulcers can cause pain below the right rib cage and here’s why. Regurgitation( or the outwards flow of already swallowed food contents from the abdomen)  of food contents and the reflux of acid into the esophagus can cause pain (ranging from sharp to dull pain) under the sternum and the rib cage. Burning sensation in the throat may occur when one is eating any food item or when there’s a prolonged period of absence of food in the stomach. Peptic ulcers, especially those that affect the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), which is also on the right side, too can cause similar pain. In other to avoid future complication risks, it’s advised to get diagnosed by your doctor.

Fecal Impaction

Fecal impaction is caused as a result of severe chronic constipation, and this could be the reason for the pain you feel in your abdomen and right under your ribs, and sometimes under your right breast.  Some of the symptoms of fecal impaction may include abdominal bloating/cramps, liquid or watery leakage from the anus, rectal bleeding, chest pain, abdominal pain, fast heartbeat and sometimes even lower back pain. Luckily, fecal impaction can be easily treated in no time.



Gallstones aren’t just a culprit to under the rib pain, it also can give rise to pain under right breast too!

Sharp piercing pains under your right rib cage (or sometimes, under the left rib cage) that suddenly appeared out of the blue may indeed be a tell-tale sign of gallbladder infections or gallstone.

According to our source at WebMD , gallstones can cause pain in your upper abdomen and the duration of each bout of pain can last anywhere from 15 minutes up to 24hours!

Symptoms of gallstones can sometimes be inconsistent, but most times nausea and vomiting will be present, fever and a speedy heartbeat might be experienced as well. This pain can sometimes travel to the right shoulder. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to get checked out by your doctor for further diagnosis and treatment. Gallstones can be either surgically removed or successfully treated proper medications.

Intercostal Muscle Injury

If you don’t know what intercostal muscles are, then you wouldn’t understand how it can cause pain under right rib cage! Intercostal muscles are a collective group of fibrous tissues (muscles) that bind the ribs together, which is why, when these muscles become inflamed can cause dull or sharp pains. A forceful pull or push to the intercostal muscles can cause pain especially when you breath, as the intercostal muscles contract during breathing.

rest and pain medication can aid in relieving the paint, but it’s advised to see a doctor if you’re experiencing  pain under right rib cage, this is important so as to rule out any serious illnesses.







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Neck pain? First rib mobilization can fix that!

Neck pain?Chances are you’ve got a popped first rib, first rib mobilization is all you need!


If you’re suffering from elevated first rib, you should know that you’re not alone. In fact, first rib out of place is the number one cause of neck, shoulder and upper back pain!

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, then this article is for you!

Here’s a complete procedure of how to carry out a first rib mobilization exercise by your self.


Follow these techniques carefully to achieve the best result for your first rib mobilization exercise

Before you start this first rib mobilization technique, you must figure out if you do have a first rib problem, palpate (feel) your upper shoulder on the side you have pain, between
the top part of your shoulder joint and your neck. If your first rib is “off” it should feel hard, almost like a knot. Then,
feel just inside of your collar bone, again on the side of pain. It should feel a little deeper than the opposite side, and
will probably be painful. If you have these findings, do the following.
1. Place the hand of the affected side against your forehead (on the same side).
2. Take a deep breath.
3. While holding that breath, attempt to move your chin towards your armpit (all on the same side).
Using your hand against your head, resist this movement (do not let your head move).
Use about 1 pound of force (it’s not much!)
4. Count to 10. Exhale and relax.
Repeat the sequence 1-4 after having let your head relax down a little bit towards your armpit.
(it will have moved maybe 3” or so). NO PAIN.
After repeating 1-2 times, bring your head to neutral and stretch your arm up above your head…
hold for 4 deep breaths.

At this time, you’ve completed your first rib mobilization exercise and now it’s time to relax.

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Anatomy of the Human ribs

Anatomy of the Human ribs

Anatomy of the Human ribs

Ribs (costae) are one of the integral parts of the chest wall; they make up the lateral part of its anterior and posterior wall and entirely build the lateral parts of the chest wall. There are 12 pairs or ribs that are marked with Roman numerals I-XII.Ribs are divided into two basic groups: “proper” ribs (costae verae, I-VII) and “fake” ribs(costae spuriae, VIII-XII). Proper ribs are directly connected to the sternum over their cartilage, while fake ribs connect indirectly, over the cartilage of the 7th rib, or are not connected to the sternum at all (in the case of the 11th and 12th rib), which are then called floating ribs (costae fluctuantes).The rib cartilage of the 8th, 9th and 10th rib rounds upwards and connects to the cartilage of the next upper rib and after this also with the cartilage of the 7th rib, thus creating the rib arch, arcus costarum.

Ribs have several parts: head, caput costae;neck,collum costae;body, corpus costae;and the front part of the rib. The head of the rib includes the articular surface, facies articularis capitis costae. The head of every rib (except in the case of the 1st, 11th and 12th) includes an upper and lower part that are divided by the ridge, crista capitis costae. The upper part is joined with the same numeral chest vertebra, and the lower one with the first lower vertebra. The ridge itself is connected to the inter-vertebral plate. The head of the 1st, 11th and 12th rib connects only with the same numeral vertebra.

The neck of first 3-4 ribs is rounded while others have the already mentioned ridge, crista colli costae. The neck ends with a nodule, tuberculum costae.On the bottom side of the nodule is the joint surface for connection with the transverse end of the same numeral vertebra, facies articularistuberculi costae. The exceptions are the 11th and 12th ribs that don’t have this surface, which enables them much higher mobility. With the upper ribs, closer to the nodule (and in the case of lower ribs, a little further from the nodule) they are curved and have a rough surface that connects them with muscles, angulus costae.

A rib has a flat body. The upper edge is round and the lower sharp. On the interior wall of the rib body is a channel, sulcus costae, with blood vessels and nerves. This furrow isn’t present in the 11th and 12th rib. The front edge ends with an ellipsoidal shape on which the rib cartilage connects.

The rib length increases from 1st to 7-8th and after this it decreases till the 12th. Ribs also are different in curve: curve by radius, curve by edge (horizontal plane) and according to longitudinalaxis. A radius curve is higher at the beginning of the rib and smaller in the end. This curve increases according to the rib’s number, i.e. from 1st to 12th. Due to the edge curve, the head of the rib is in a higher position than its front end. This is particularly evident in ribs that are in the middle. Due to the curve on the longitudinal axis, the interior plate on the back of the rib is pointed upwards, while on the front end it is pointed downwards.

The first rib is short, wide and flat without any curve on its edge and axis. This is why its radius curve is very expressive. On the upper plate of the rib there is an additional nodule, tuberculum musculiscalenianterioris. In the front and in the back of the nodule there are two channels. The front one is called sulcus venae subclaviae and the back one is called sulcus arteriae subclaviae. Both of them carry an equally named blood vessel.

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Dislocated rib treatment at home

Floating rib-pain

Dislocated rib treatment at home

Dislocated or displaced rib can be caused by intense force blow/trauma to the chest wall (ribcage). Such force might be due to accidents,fall, sports injuries etc. out of place ribs can also be caused by underlying health conditions or old age. A proper dislocated rib treatment and therapy should administered in order completely fix the affected ribs.

If you or your close relatives has popped a rib then there are some measures that must be taken in order to help the dislocated bone heal properly and faster. After seeing your doctor, or chiropractor for the dislocated rib treatment, there are things you can do at home to have a less painful recovery period.


Dislocated rib treatment

If you’ve popped a rib, it is best to go to the nearest hospital to have to rib put back in place. The optimum time to have a displaced rib put back in place is 6 – 12hrs, so it is very important that you visit your doctor in case of a rib displacement.  There is a first aid treatment for a rib which is displaced, it involves performing a R.I.C.E first air routine. R.I.C.E stands for

Rest – Stop whatever you were doing when you heard a rib pop and rest, continued movement after such rib injury might cause further damage to the surrounding area and organs.

Ice – Next apply a pack of ice (or any other frozen item available at the moment, this will reduce/stop internal bleeding of injured/bruised blood vessels, organs, capillaries. Apply ice in the 30mins on – 15 mins off manner (hold ice on injured area for 30mins a stretch, remove it, wait for 15mins then reapply the ice again) repeat this cycle for about 2-3hours.

Compress the area of the chest wall which took the blow, this will reduce swelling.

Elevation also helps to decrease swelling similarly to the way compression does. Lie on the bed, but use a pillow to prop yourself up from the back, in the same position you would seat while reading a book on the bed.


Your doctor will palpate your ribcage to diagnose which of the 12 ribs were displaced, fractured, or out of place and prescribe further exams if necessary.

Once you doctor has found the popped rib, he will then careful push it back in place.

Pain medication will also be prescribed.



Your chest area is probably wrapped with an elastic bandage, this will prevent the fixed rib from further misaligning.

Apply cold compress to the area, you can either attach an ice pack to it 20 -30mins each time. do this for about 3 or 4 times a day for the next 48 hours.

You can also alternate between cold and hot compresses – cold compress for 24hours then hot compress for the next 24hrs.

If not already done, wrap the chest wall area with a chest band, you can find one at amazon here.

Gently massage the injury area to prevent further swelling, do this 3-4 times a day for about 15mins each time.


PS: You should ask your doctor for a prescription of stool softener, depending on the severity of you injury, every movement which involves chest/ribcage movement would be extremely painful.

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Your meals should be a well balanced-diet and must include food which are high in protein – the extra protein will speed up recovery.

Drink lots of fluids in order to avoid stool hardening (constipation).


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Can you dislocate a rib

Can you dislocate a rib? Dislocated rib

If you’re wondering whether it is possible for one to dislocate a rib, then yes, it happens. Although one might think that it is impossible to dislocate a rib, due to its position in chest cavity and its firm attachment to sternum on one side and spine on other, it is no rarity

Rib dislocation or rib out of place (as some people say) is not rare, it can happen to anyone both young and old and apart from blunt force trauma to the chest there are other ways one can dislocate a rib.

Rib, as majority of human bones can be dislocated. The difference between rib dislocation (i.e. its partial or completely getting out of its socket) from rib separation where rib separates from the sternum due to ligament tear and gets quite close to skin – you can almost touch its head under the skin.

Here are some “odd” ways one can have a rib out of place

Having a bad cough or sneeze could lead to ribs popping out of place, because when we cough or sneeze, the rib cage contracts or expands in order to help our internal organs inside the rib cage stay intact and well protected.

Soe percentage of people, when having a bad cold often complain of a rib pain during coughing, others pop a rib when they have have an extraordinary strong sneeze. rib pain on coughing can also be due


Many muscles of the stomach wall and shoulder area have connections on the rib bones. Inter-rib muscles are a group of muscles that are located between the rib bones and have a role in chest movement. As the chest is a large body part, its injuries are quite common. Chest injuries are divided into closed and open injuries.

The most common causes of rib pain are contusions and dislocated ribs, which are very common in contact sports. They are characterized by pain (such as left back pain under ribs) and swelling and they usually happen due to a direct hit or blow to the rib cage.

Rib fracture and rib dislocation (also referred to as rib out of place) is a partial or complete break of rib continuity that happens as a consequence of mechanical force that overcomes the resilience of the rib bone. Mechanical force on the point of action will also hurt soft structures, so rib injuries (such as first rib subluxation) are often combined with contusions, abrasions and lacerations.

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