WHAT IS INTERCOSTAL NEURALGIA?
Intercostal neuralgia is an inflammation or irritation of the nerve running between the ribs. Intercostal muscle lie between each rib and the nerve runs parallel with the muscles. The muscles assist with forceful exhalation but become inflamed when the rib is displaced. This can lead to painful inhalation.
HOW DID I GET INTERCOSTAL NEURITIS?
The most common way to have a subluxation or fixation of a rib is by coughing / sneezing violently or repetitively. Others ways include sleeping in an awkward position, direct trauma or violent pulling a muscle attached to the rib. Pinpoint pain at the anterior and posterior rib attachment and pain during inhalation is a good way to determine the presence of this ailment.
Chiropractic Adjustments are the best way to alleviate pain due to its ability to un-fixate or free up the joint. Addressing the surrounding soft tissue is important as this will keep the joint from returning to the malposition. Techniques such Graston therapy, rapid release & ultrasound are some of the more common tools used to soften the surrounding musculature. A foam roller can be a great way to loosen the fascia at home and are inexpensive to purchase. Heat may alleviate the pain temporarily, but the stiffness will return once the muscle cools down. Ice is recommended to numb the region, but also inhibit inflammation and swelling after treatment.