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How do you palpate the diaphragm?

Last Updated: 14th March, 2020

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The hands must be gently placed on the lateral sides of the costal margins to receive palpation feedback of the costal behavior during breathing. The hands can be held anteriorly on the costal margins, with the thumbs being at the level of the margins and the other fingers placed across the upper ribs.

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Then, how do you find the diaphragm?

Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage. This will allow you to feel your diaphragm move as you breathe. Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.

One may also ask, what are the attachments of the diaphragm? The diaphragm is a musculotendinous structure with a peripheral attachment to a number of bony structures. It is attached anteriorly to the xiphoid process and costal margin, laterally to the 11th and 12th ribs, and posteriorly to the lumbar vertebrae.

Also question is, where do you feel diaphragm pain?

Pain originating in the stomach or esophagus is often felt in the upper abdomen and can be due to heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or hiatal hernia (weakening in the diaphragm that allows the stomach to protrude into the chest).

What problems can you have with your diaphragm?

Musculoskeletal problems Trauma, twisting movements, and excessive coughing can all strain the rib muscles, which can cause a pain similar to diaphragm pain. The pain of broken ribs can also resemble diaphragm pain.

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