Bruised Ribs

Ribs serve as the key protector for the vital organs in the torso. The human body has 12 ribs on each side, which are divided into different categories based on their function during the motions of inspiration and expiration (inhaling and exhaling). Ribs 1 through 5 typically function in a pump-handle motion. Ribs 6 through 10 function in a bucket-handle motion. Finally, Ribs 11 and 12 typically move in a caliper motion. Furthermore, ribs are defined and divided by their means of attachment to the torso. ...

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