89 Physicians Online


Rib Pain after Hitting Golf balls

Dear Ask The Doctor:
I was hitting 500 golf balls at a time and my ribs started to hurt. I continued to practice and now I think I ripped a muscle. I had an x ray and it showed that my ribs were okay. It has been 5 weeks and the pain is still the same. I have had ultra sound and laser therapy and I am getting discouraged. How long will this take to heal and is there anything else I can do help the process?


According to your description of the events and the characteristics of the pain, most likely you may have an Intercostal Neuritis, which is not a serious condition but very annoying indeed and slow healing. By a spasm or a direct trauma the intercostals nerve got injured, and that’s why you are feeling that stabbing pain every time you take a deep breath, sneeze or cough.
The suggested strategy would be: please, try to be patient and do not expect an overnight improvement, take anti inflammatory medication (“Aleve”, “Motrin”), and also Vitamin B12 supplement. Local moist heat helps to ease the pain. Try to avoid activities that worsen the pain.

Have a Question? Ask The Doctor Here.

Sign In to join in the conversation.

Related Answers:

I have a chest infection but now my upper chest and back are dull aching too, is this normal? male 27

The past two days I have been feeling quite sick with stomach pains, hard to swallow, tired, and now shortness of bre...

I have been having pain in between my rib cage but a Lil ways down and it goes from there to my belly button. I brush...

I'm having chronic chest pain,had ekg and blood work done and neither showed anything unusual. I have been diagnosed ...

I have been having pain that feels like it is on my ribs just below my right breast. It's been there for about two we...

I've been experiencing left sided chest pain that can be felt to the left of midline and around front shoulder or cla...

Im a 17 year old girl who is 114lbs & am very athletic. Last night i developed this sensation in the left side of...

What do I have? My chest and heart feels like a strong tighten heartburn, but I've been having this since yesterday, ...

I'm a 17 year old female. I've been having chest pains for about 3 weeks now. At 1st Iit start with little dizzy spel...

34 year old men, getting right side chest pain from few days.Pain coming like chest part is freezing as wel it is com...

You’re in good hands, meet ATD’s founding physicians.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • Board Certified GP
  • CMO ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Adjunct Professor at U Of T

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Director ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Fellowship Training Atlanta, GA