NFL Steelers QB Rib Injury Threatens Aorta

Another “near-life-threatening” NFL injury. Just a couple weeks ago, I spotlighted NFL Rams’ Amendola’s clavicle injury. This past Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger left the game with a sprained right shoulder. He revealed later that he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Roethlisberger sprained the sternoclavicular joint in his right shoulder on the play, but says the rib issue is a bigger concern. The dislocation brought the rib dangerously close to the aorta.

Now, anatomy students, where is this dislocation? What rib joint is very close to the aorta?


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