Looking at the causes and symptoms of slipping rib syndrome, a condition where the ribs slip away from their usual position, as well as when to see a doctor.

Slipping rib syndrome occurs when the ligaments holding the ribs in place move, cause the ribs to shift or “slip.” Slipping rib syndrome is more likely to occur in women than men. Playing contact sports is also a risk factor. It usually affects the eighth, ninth, or tenth ribs, as these lower ribs are not connected to the mid-chest bone.

Instead, they are connected to each other by fibrous tissue or ligaments, which allows for greater movement and flexibility of the lower chest region. If these ligaments are injured or weakened, the damage can cause the ribs to slip.