Q: I fell off my horse two weeks ago and broke my rib. My hip and shoulder are sore on that side to. I could use treatment on the hip and shoulder however, can osteopathy help with the broken rib?
Prevention of a frozen shoulder will be a priority especially when rib cage pain and dysfunction may inhibit overhead activity on the injured side. Mobilization of the scapula and shoulder as well as the fascia over the broken rib will be necessary. When the rib is healed it may well be out of alignment and require mobilization. Very gentle unwinding of the trunk, rib cage and rib itself may allow the rib to align itself without the need for manipulation even in the acute stages.