What causes intercostal retraction?
The most common cause of intercostal recession is a hernia. A hernia is when one or both of your intestines protrude through another part of your body (usually the abdominal cavity). Usually these are not life threatening but they can become so if there is no treatment.
Another reason why someone may have their stomach protruding out from their backside could be due to an infection. If you have a urinary tract infection, it could lead to your stomach being exposed.
If you have a congenital defect such as spina bifida, the intestines will protrude from the spine.
A third possible cause of intercostal recession is an injury to the area. An example would be having your appendix removed. When this happens, it is usually not life threatening but it can result in pain and discomfort which might make eating difficult for some time afterwards.
There are other causes of intercostal recession, but they are rarer than those listed above. You should always check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.
What does a hernia feel like?
A hernia is when you have an organ protruding from your body through a natural weakness in the surrounding muscles. This can be very painful, and it may even require medical treatment. The most common organ to protrude is part of the intestines.
How do you get a hernia?
Usually, hernias are caused by some sort of weakness in the surrounding muscles. When you place a lot of strain on these muscles, they can develop tears. These tears often heal themselves over time, but part of the torn muscle may be left behind. This muscle does not have as much support as the rest, so it can protrude through the tear and form a hernia.
This weakness is often caused by straining the muscles a lot, or from an injury such as falling onto something (for example, if you fell on a knife).
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