How is slipping rib syndrome treated?
Treatment for slipping rib syndrome usually focuses on relieving the pain. If the pain is mild, your child’s doctor may recommend over-the-counter remedies like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) for pain relief. With rest and pain management, the pain from slipping rib syndrome usually goes away in a few weeks.
If your child has other conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, or has had stomach ulcers or internal bleeding in the past, do not give pain medication without consulting a doctor.
If the injury is a recurring one, we may recommend that your child stops playing contact sports or participating in activities that can injure the chest or abdomen. Activities such as throwing a ball or swimming can also cause slipping rib pain.
In addition to pain medication, we may also ask your child to apply heat or ice or wear a chest binder to stabilize the ribs. Occasionally, we may recommend evaluation by one of our acute pain service teams of pediatric anesthesiologists. They may be able to perform a localized nerve block to the area causing pain. In severe cases where the pain continues, your child’s doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cartilage and lower ribs.
Why choose us for treatment of slipping rib syndrome?
Slipping rib syndrome is more common in adults, and it’s treated differently in adults and children. So if your child is experiencing symptoms, it’s important to visit a children’s hospital. Our experience in treating children with slipping rib syndrome means we know what treatments are most effective for the youngest patients.