Can You Dislocate A Rib

can you dislocate a 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 the chest cavity and its firm attachment to the sternum on one side and spine on others, 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 the majority of human bones, can be dislocated. The difference between rib dislocation (i.e. it is partially 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 the 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 rib pain during coughing, others pop a rib when they have an extraordinary strong sneeze.
  • Rib pain on coughing can also be due to 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.


  1. Keva Glascoe March 18, 2020
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