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    Broken Rib

    So, I went in for a checkup with my neurosurgeon, and while looking at my X-rays he pointed out that one of my ribs wasn't connected.

    I know that I broke 5 ribs in the accident, but haven't had a problem with them since January.

    He poked at it, it moved around a bit (kind of making a popping feeling), but it didn't hurt.

    Is this something I should go to a specialist to check out? Can they even do anything?

    The neurosurgeon isn't the most helpful or talkative guy around, unless it it has to do with the spine, and even then.... Just looking for suggestions before I start freaking out about it.

    -- JB

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    Justin,

    A floating rib is not a broken rib. An isolated asymptomatic floating rib probably does not need to be fixed. If you are having pain or autonomic dysreflexia associated with the poking around, however, it should be fixed. In people who have feeling in their chest, a floating rib may be the cause of a "painful rib syndrome" that can lead to chronic pain syndromes. The pain is often localized to the upper quadrant of the abdomen. If you don't have these symptoms, don't worry about it.

    Wise.

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinB
    So, I went in for a checkup with my neurosurgeon, and while looking at my X-rays he pointed out that one of my ribs wasn't connected.

    I know that I broke 5 ribs in the accident, but haven't had a problem with them since January.

    He poked at it, it moved around a bit (kind of making a popping feeling), but it didn't hurt.

    Is this something I should go to a specialist to check out? Can they even do anything?

    The neurosurgeon isn't the most helpful or talkative guy around, unless it it has to do with the spine, and even then.... Just looking for suggestions before I start freaking out about it.

    -- JB

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