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Rib Separation during Pregnancy

If you’re experiencing rib pain and are going through pregnancy or  been pregnant, rib separation is a common cause of this pain. The rib pain can either be from the child physically kicking the mother’s stomach, stretching out under the ribs or just primarily by your ribs moving apart to make space for the growing foetus . Rib separation can have many symptoms including:

  1. Sudden point of pain where ribs meet sternum
  2. Popping/ clicking sensation may be heard
  3. Pain may subside and gradually get worse again
  4. Coughing, deep breaths and sneezing aggravates the pain
  5. Lying on side is painful

Rib pain is generally at its worst in the third trimester although can be maintained by soft tissue work therapy in combination with manipulation/mobilisation of the rib. Cold laser therapy may also be utilised to decrease the inflammation around the rib and help free up the area so that normal mobility can be restored after the baby is born. 

Chiropractic care may be administered to treat rib separation as mobilisations and other techniques can be employed to decrease the amount of pain and allow patients to perform everyday activities.

At Lakeside Chiropractic we care for many musculoskeletal conditions including rib separation during and after pregnancy.  Located on the Central Walk in Joondalup Lakeside Chiropractic is central to many of Perth’s Northern suburbs including Currambine, Connolly, Edgewater, Iluka, Ocean Reef, Tapping, Kinross, Clarkson and Woodvale. We also have HICAPS facilities onsite for most Health insurance Providers to make the expense of your treatment cheaper and are Medibank and BUPA preferred providers. If you would like further information regarding chiropractic treatment or to book an appointment, feel free to contact one of our friendly laser technicians on 08 9300 0095 or you can visit our website

July 02, 2019