“Ice Pick” Pain

Case of the Week: Not only do we see children, moms and moms-to-be we see ALOT of people with physical complaints such as the one we saw this past week. The patient was a young woman who had gone to her medical doctor because she had been having pain for 2 weeks, as she described,”like someone sticking an ice pick through my back and coming out my chest” – Yikes!! Apparently the doctor cleared her of any heart issues and sent her home unable to help her 🙁 so she talked to a friend who her told her she should try her doctor – Dr. Paez 🙂 After Dr. Paez examined her, he was able to adjust her the same day. When she came to the front to check out she was ecstatic! the pain was gone…so of course we had to ask Dr Paez (with the patient’s permission) what he found and what he did…
I’ve had many people who tell me they experience pain that feels like an ice pick being jabbed into their back. Only after
not being helped by their MD or worse told that it must be in their head do they seek help elsewhere. With over 15 years of experience as bodyworker and Doctor of Chiropractic I have been able to help many with this relatively unknown condition. It’s called a rib subluxation. The condition can occur from either small repeated movements that cause harm over time or one single traumic event, like falling off your mountain bike. What happens is the connection, where the rib articulates or attaches to the vertebra of the spine, is damaged causing a point of weakness in the ligamentous tissue. This weakness allows for slippage of the rib and vertebra leading to scar tissue which then locks the slippage in a misalgined position. The effects of this misalignment can be associated with muscle spasms in the surrounding area which adds the irritation of nerves producing the characteristic “ice pick” pain.
The solution is addressed in short and long term goals. Short term requires correct identification of the specific rib causing the pain, proper adjustment of the rib, muscular release of affected muscles and any emotional charge associated with the area. Long term goals need to be addressed through a “global” assessment of the spine. I have found the prevention of reoccurance or at least greatly reducing the frequency of relapses requires correction of postural distortion. In combination of postural correction, nutritional re-balancing and home/work postural modifications long term prognosis is great!

We want to let people know about this little known condition so please share with others. We are here to help.