Chiropractor cracked my ribs. Is this a mistake what she did?
I have piriformis syndrome. I saw a Chiropractor yesterday. As I was laying on my stomach she pushed down on my back but, not in the center. When she pushed down, I heard a crunching sound on my right rib cage which really hurt.
After a couple of minutes, the pain went away but, today, my ribs still hurt with bearable pain.
Did she mess up or, is this normal?
Thank you so much.Hello Neil,
No, it's certainly not normal, but I won't pretend that it's very rare. I'm a careful adjuster and I confess to eight patients in forty years who have had this experience at my hands.
It's probably not a cracked rib as then the pain would by unbearable; every breath would be a nightmare. Nevertheless, clearly there was some damage to the integrity of the bone.
A cracked rib is to a chiropractor what a broken root is to a dentist, and an allergic reaction to penicillin is to a medical doctor. If people sued us every time it happened there would be no more doctors of any ilk on the planet.
It's important to talk frankly to your chiropractor about this; she must stay off the area until it heals and then perhaps only use an activator when adjusting the ribs. Treatment for the piriformis can continue but she will have to adjust her techniques; hopefully she eats humble pie; it's never nice to know you have hurt a patient, but it happens; once in five years in my practice, but every one hurt me as much and perhaps more than the patient.
One last thought; this is unusual in a male. Mostly it happens to elderly women. An investigation into the possibility of brittle bone disease would not be inappropriate; could there be an underlying parathyroid deficiency, for example. In any event, I'd give thought to best calcium for osteoporosis; from your food; in tablet form it raises the incidence of heart disease because of deposition in the coronary arteries. See our osteoporosis page in the navigation bar on your left. Enjoying kefir benefits every morning for breakfast would be a simple beginning, and improve the health of your colon at the same time; it's a probiotic.
It will probably be quite sore for about two weeks; pray you don't get a cold! A sneeze or cough would be a nightmare; blowing your nose timeously will often preempt it. There will be no sequela; you will recover completely.
Please let me know in two or three weeks how you are doing; thank you for your query.