The First Rib


What is the first rib?

Have you ever heard of the acefirst ribae? Mysterious and sometimes mistaken for other injuries, oftentimes limitation in the end ranges of shoulder flexion and neck pain have much to do with this small, but complex bone. The first rib is often mistakenly attributed to a knot in the lower neck or upper back. However- no amount of massage will ease the discomfort of the first rib away!

For a great summary of the first rib, we highly recommend checking this article out by clicking here.

As soon as you begin to experience pain or discomfort in your body you should receive physical therapy. Imagine one day you are reaching into your cupboard and notice some pain in your shoulder, but no big deal! This achy pain should go away on its own with time. The “natural history” of the body is inclined to want to feel better.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, pain can start limiting functional abilities. Suddenly, you may begin to notice hardships ranging from difficulty working out to difficulty performing other daily activities such as dressing, reaching, lifting, grooming, etc. Symmetry Physical Therapy offers a variety of physical therapy services.


If you experience physical pain and discomfort you may need physical therapy. We are here to help! At Symmetry, we will provide you with a physical therapy assessment to get to the root cause of your pain. Check out our Youtube channel for more tips and easy to follow exercises videos. 

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