Can subluxation cause deep chest pain?

Q. Will chronic bad cough cause subluxation of chest?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Chawla
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 06, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 22, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have had a tingling pain all over my body for weeks. The pain, however, is mainly located in my chest. I have almost had any heart disease ruled out. Can a bad cough for a few weeks cause subluxation? Should you be able to feel a subluxation? Do all vertical subluxations show up on x-rays? What is the rate of patients who come into chiropractic treatment with subluxations? And can subluxation cause deep chest pain or pain in various areas of the body?



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Yes, cough can lead to rib head subluxation, although not a common mechanism of subluxation but cases are seen in patients with vigorous coughing episodes. Careful palpation of the region can point to the abnormality, they usually go back into place on their own, if not they should be best dealt by a chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon. Self-adjustment techniques are available over the internet by videos ad images but a lot of people find it hard to learn or perform it during the first instance. Rib subluxation is usually anterior or posterior, hard to visualize on x-ray and are mainly clinically diagnosed from history and examination. These subluxations come quite often to chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon but do not cause pain in various areas of the body or tingling all over the body. I hope this helps.

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