Rib Strain vs Heart Attack with Chest Pain
I have written this article because, over the years, I’ve lost count of how many times clients have attended with acute rib strains (which can be very painful) worrying that they are having a heart attack.
Identifying the difference between a rib strain and a heart attack
Often clients attend saying they just sneezed or twisted and now they can’t breathe in properly. Perhaps they have chest pain leading them to believe they are having a heart attack!
Maybe you just sat twisted for a while, or whilst you were carrying in the shopping bags you just overloaded? Acute Mid back pain, or rib strains can be excruciatingly painful, something similar to having fractured a rib. Twisting and turning causes agony, and you can’t take a deep breath in. Perhaps you’re worried you’re having a heart attack, you’ve already been to A&E and had your heart checked out, or you’re considering this. If you’re worried, you can look at my article Should I go to A&E with my back pain? – in short, stop, and give us a call 📞first. It may be necessary, but we will advise if need be.
It’s not to say that there isn’t something more serious, but commonly if you’re in good shape, mid-back/rib strains are well treated. In fact, I strained my ribs recently after a table tennis lesson, when I was encouraged to twist more. Silly me, I was only making sure my game improves so my son doesn’t beat me that easily… It was a good reminder for me, despite how painful it was. Fortunately, it did settle quickly with some treatment and care.
Below is a guide to the differences between rib pain and a heart attack. If in doubt, please 📞 call us.