I started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu about 3 months ago (I’ll save that story for another time), but along with the increased fitness, confidence, mental health, and overall sense of well-being, I’ve gained a few boo boos here and there. The latest is what they refer to as a “popped” rib. I started to become a little concerned when one of my ribs would repeatedly dislocate at the joint between the bone and the sternum, so, rather than rely on internet hearsay, I gave OC Fight Doc a call at the recommendation of one of my BJJ brethren.
The picture above doesn’t do the front of the office justice (taking a panoramic while trying to be discrete is not easy), but look closely and you’ll see a Fedor v. Henderson poster, Anderson Silva front kicking Vitor in the chin, and other UFC memorabilia adorning the walls. I got the feeling that they would at least understand the kind of strain I would be putting my body under and what degree of healing would be necessary before I could get back to rolling around on the ground. My acupuncturist, while amazing at what he does, doesn’t really grasp how strenuous BJJ can be.
After a quick exam and hearing about how my injury had occurred, the doc recommended a plan of action and informed me of what to expect. Being a common injury in the “fight” game, the doc was intimately familiar with these types of rib dislocations and laid out a plan of action (rest, ice, ice and heat cycles, ibuprofen, certain supplements, strengthening, etc.). He also took a look at my shoulder and informed me that I had separated it at some point (:b). I’ll be going back tomorrow.
And, I highly recommend the ice/heat pack(s) below. Not sure how I survived without these.