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Did I tear the cartilage off? Will ribs ever heal?

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While I was wrestling, my torso was folded in on itself. I felt a sharp pain in my right ribs, but did not hear a cracking sound. The pain was very strong, but I personally don't think anything was broken. Several months later, there is no pain unless I do crunches (not full sit ups, but just crunches, which mimic the action that originally hurt me). Even then, it's more of a discomfort than a pain. I also feel movement in the area. It's a long strip of something, which I think might be cartilage. The area is about midway between my nipples and belly button. When comparing the area to the left side, I also notice that the left side is smooth, while the right side feels like I can touch the tips of the ribs. Did I tear the cartilage off? Will it ever heal? Is there anything a doctor could even do?

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replied July 17th, 2014
Chest Pain Answer A48328
Thank you for asking
Such encounters might have caused a broken rib or a cartilage. A simple muscle spasm could also be the result of the should have get some work up to sort out the damage.yes it will heal. It usually heals in a few months and should not be a problem .Take some acetaminophen and muscle relaxants and Get some physiotherapy it will a doctor nearby for further management.
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