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Separated Rib (costochondral separation) Timeline

Here are all my posts related to my costochondral separation, or Separated Rib as I was dealing with it.

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Ray Davis April 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I just had this happen to me after a fall during a tough mudder. This is simply the best advice I’ve seen. Yours is the only story I’ve found that describes the popping/moving issues I’m experiencing a little over a week out. That data point is unbelievably helpful. There are a lot of sites/services describing a chronic condition that sounds related but isn’t. May timeline is a little longer but I’m noticing the pain subsiding and the moving decreasing and the swelling (now that I’m icing) is really abating.


admin April 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Hey Ray,

Thank you!
I’m happy that you were able to relate.

Good luck in your recovery!


Chad April 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Yeah, thank you so much for this. Without insurance its sad I have turned to the internet. However, I know most rib injuries are treated with “suck it up and wait” type treatments. So hard to explain the feeling I am having right now but you have done it beautifully. The feeling of something being pushed up in my left rib cage and having to move till it goes back down is what I am feeling.

This same feeling was so extremely painful the first day or two. On day 3 its happening more often but it moves much easier and doesn’t knock the wind out of me and make me groan. It’s tolerable enough that im able to go to work but still painful.

Thanks for this!


Ashwin January 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

This is such an awesome resource. Admin, dude, thanks for sharing what you discovered. I got the same injury rolling no-gi jiujitsu and wouldn’t have known what to expect and do if I hadn’t found this site. I hate going to doctors for things they simply can’t fix, and so I was able to avoid that; my ribs are healing along the same timelines as you’ve posted. Thanks!


admin January 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thanks! Makes me feel appreciated! :)


Bobby September 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Dude. was rollin last week. same scenario, same injury. I almost die when i sneeze or turn left in my car! any short cuts to recovery?


admin September 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The best thing I did in my opinion was to still go to the gym in the morning before work and slowly stretch so I didn’t become too stiff. Not sure if it was a shortcut to a recovery and I’m not really sure there are any shortcuts!


Patrick July 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Hi there,
Thanks for the useful post and information regarding the separated rib. The symptoms look similar to what’s happening to me following a kiteboarding injury.
It’s been a week now and I still feel a rib popping out quite easily with specific moves (i figured how to but it back), in particular torso twisting or lifting a weight in front of me or tying up my shoes. I read the timeline but was wondering if recall how much time it took for the popping to go away almost completely and being able to exercise?


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