There is so little info out there about slipping rib syndrome. As far as I know I have gone through the main treatment for it out there, Prolotherapy, where dozens of little saline injections are placed into the damaged joint, causing inflamation, which causes the body to focus on healing and rebuilding in this area. This really worked great for me. The problem is it worked to a limited degree. They won’t do the proceedure if you aren’t in pain at the time of the proceedure, and I had to make my appointments a month in advance. That worked wonderfully for me until prolotherapy actually started working. Then I would head out to my appointment two hours before and have no idea if I would be in pain by the time I got there. More than once I was turned away when I got there because I wasn’t in pain at the moment. I would say I am probably about 50% better, maybe being a little less generous than I should be, because I am in pain right now.
I go see a chiropractor (two actually) on a regular basis, but it would be impossible for me to go see one often enough to remain pain free from the dislocated ribs. I would love to have a chiropractic membership, like people have massage memberships or gym memberships, where I could just pay a flat monthly fee and just go as often as needed. I don’t know if such a thing exists but if it did it would probably not be in my price range. My insurance company will cover three visits a year. Ideally I would get three a week. Financially I am limited to one a month, two if I simply can’t stand the pain.
Slipping Rib Syndrome is basically an injury to the connective tissue, caused by trama to the area. The ribs slip out of joint fairly easily, and its common to have three ribs or more dislocated at one time. It hurts to move, stetch, sit still, lay down, eat, breathe. Right now my ribs have been dislocated for about 10 days and it hurts so badly I can’t sleep. For me, it was caused by a misdiagnosed life time chronic cough. It got very severe after having my son and I was treated for asthma for about 5 years while the cough just got worse. Turns out it was acid reflux, probably exasperated by my new diet and a sudden senditary lifestyle. The cough was so extreme I was embarrassed togo out, and it was increased by physical activity so I got even more sendiatry. The pain in my chest from the ribs dislocating was misdiagnoised as fibromyalgia, an easy diagnoises since I had other autoimmune symptoms and had not yet been diagnoised with the psoriatic arthritis.
I have tried glucosamine drinks and plenty of “miracle” drink cures, but I am open to other ideas. Maybe there are no other treatments, but in my quest for total health in my fight against the psoriatic arthritis, I would be remise if I didn’t try to fix all of the issues causing me health problems.