Rib lesion/subluxation

When playing contact sports it is common for ribs to subluxate which is where they come out slightly and do not return to their normal anatomical position. Local ligament and soft tissue damage can occur.


  • Local pain and tenderness at the rib head which is just off to one side of the spine
  • Pain when taking a deep breathe in
  • Pain when pressure is placed over that side of the rib cage