Rib pain can be related to structural problems with the articulations of the thoracic spine in the upper and mid back or with the breast bone at the front. Function can also be affected by curvature of the spine (scoliosis). Injury, coughing, pregnancy and disease such as asthma can also cause problems with the ribs.
Some people are born with extra ribs attached to the cervical spine (neck) which can affect the nerves and blood vessels of the arm.
The chiropractor will make a thorough assessment of the ribs and surrounding structures to decide if chiropractic treatment is indicated and will then work out a treatment plan with the patient.