Almost Done: The Eleventh Rib

The eleventh rib is the first rib that does not articulate with the sternum in any way. The eleventh rib has only one articulation with the facet of the eleventh thoracic vertebrae. The eleventh rib is highly invested in musculature and displays marked mobility that is often checked by the musculature that attaches on its inferior surface. Continue reading


Time To Get False: The Eighth Rib

The first of the false ribs…how is that? The eighth rib, and those below, are considered false as they do not articulate directly with the sternum but with the common costal cartilage. As a result of the attachment to the costal cartilage the eighth rib is fairly mobile (as are the ribs below it – until you get to the eleventh and twelfth ribs). The movement characteristics can be described as a bucket handle, or upwards and outwards on inhalation and downwards and inwards on inhalation. Continue reading

Keep On Trucking: The Seventh Rib

By now you may be asking yourself “how can every rib have associated health issues?”. My response: every condition anyone can get has to happen somewhere inside of the body, aka everything has a location. As with the sixth rib, the seventh rib is primarily associated with the liver and stomach. A lesion of the left seventh rib is primarily associated with the stomach while the liver will be affected by the rib on the associated side (the liver is big so it can be affected on either side). Continue reading

Halfway – The Sixth Rib

The sixth rib is generally found below the lower border of mammary tissue

On to the sixth rib. Finally time to stop talking just about the heart and lungs! Now we get in to the liver and stomach. Continue reading