Question by  matt11 (23)

Is rib pain caused by a degenerative disc?


Answer by  dhuoda (1431)

Rib pain can indeed be caused by a degenerative disc but this is by no means the only possible cause. Trauma including a broken rib or damaged cartilege are common causes. It could be from excessive coughing, pleurisy, osteoporosis, fibromyalgiam, arthritis or even stomach problems. These are most likely and persistent pain should be investigated.


Answer by  musicmimes (64)

That could be one possible cause, but there could also be other reasons for your rib pain. Such as, a cracked rib. Sometimes pain from the disk could radiate.


Answer by  swizz (390)

Yes rib pain may be caused by a degenerative disc. However, there are also other condition that can cause rib pain and one of this is osteoarthritis.


Answer by  Fritz (608)

I have degenerative disc disease and I do not have rib pain. Most pain from this disease is located in the spine. In my observation degenerative disc can also cause pain in the neck area also, depending on how much of the disc is degenerated and how long it has been that way.


Answer by  diva25 (4016)

That is one cause, but you could have that pain for many reasons. You could have cracked a rib, I have done that many times and have always been fine in a few weeks. They only way to know for sure it to get an x-ray, because they will be able to see thing that we can't.


Answer by  G12345 (1808)

Some times pain for a disc can radiate along the dermatome causes referred pain in the rib, but there are many causes of rib pain that would be more common.

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