Rib pain referral patterns

June 29, 2016 by
Filed under: Research, Spinewave Bulletin 

Costovertebral (rib) joints are starting to be recognised as a source of pain.

Mid-back pain is often misdiagnosed as either spinal (vertebral) pain or muscular pain. The figure below depicts pain referral patterns of various costovertebral joints – where the rib head joins the spine. This is a joint that when subluxated can induce its own pain patterns.

rib pain referral


Young, B.A., et al., Thoracic costotransverse joint pain patterns: a study in normal volunteers. BMC Musculoskelet Disord., 2008. 9 (1): p140.

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