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OMT Minute  |   July 2020
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Inhaled Rib Somatic Dysfunction
Author Notes
  • From The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This video was produced by The University of New England. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, 11 Hills Beach Dr, Biddeford, ME 04005-9526. Email: spiercetalsma@une.edu
     
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Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
OMT Minute   |   July 2020
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Inhaled Rib Somatic Dysfunction
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Published Online First on July 28, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.109
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Published Online First on July 28, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.109
Patients with noncardiac chest wall pain may have symptoms that become chronic or recurrent, yet often lack adequate diagnosis and treatment plans leading to further disability, decreased physical activity, anxiety, and depression.1 Abnormal rib biomechanics may be a cause of chest wall or upper abdominal pain and should be considered after visceral causes have been ruled out.2,3 
Osteopathic diagnosis of the ribs may help differentiate rib somatic dysfunction from referred pain originating from thoracic viscera, providing diagnosis and management options (video). Previous studies have demonstrated that osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) has proven beneficial in providing pain relief and improved thoracic motion in patients with costochondritis, costovertebral joint dysfunction, and poststernotomy rib dysfunction.4-6 

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