Costochondritis Rehabilitation and Prevention

Inflammatory costochondritis is in most cases caused by a lack of fitness, hunched posture, spinal stiffness or hypermobility, fear of movement and activity aggravating pain and ergonomically disastrous workstations and unhealthy lifestyle choices. The best way to treat or prevent it is to choose and implement healthy ergonomics (sit/stand desks), get professional help from an […]

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Surgery for Costochondritis

Proper rehabilitation of posture, mobility, fitness and exercise is the best option before any medical drug or cortisone injection intervention is even considered and certainly before surgical removal of the sore cartilage as absolutely the last resort. Ideally start a course with a combination of expert physical therapy, chiropractic or osteopathic joint manipulation, connective-tissue mobilisation […]

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Medications for Costochondritis

Costochondritis inflammation may respond to some extent to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) but they should never be used long-term as these medications have potentially serious side-effects. You may be offered a local anesthetic and steroid injection in the area that is tender if normal activities become extremely […]

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Home Remedies for Costochondritis

The following home remedies may provide some relief from costochondritis: Taking pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) as needed. Using local heat or ice to relieve pain. Avoiding unnecessary exercise or activities that make the symptoms worse; avoiding contact sports until there is improvement in symptoms, and […]

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Exams and Tests for Costochondritis

There is no specific test for diagnosing costochondritis. The patient’s medical history and a physical exam are the mainstays of diagnosis.  So, if the onset of your chest pain or costochondritis was following a traumatic event, an impact or lifting  heavy weights in the gym, someone barging into you or after weeks of intense study […]

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When to Seek Medical Care

Call the doctor for any of the following symptoms: – Trouble breathing – High fever – Signs of infection such as redness, pus, and increased swelling at the rib joints – Continuing or worsening pain despite medication – Nausea – Sweating Go to a hospital’s emergency room if you have difficulty breathing or any of […]

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Costochondritis Causes

Costochondritis is an inflammatory process which is commonly caused by  musculoskeletal dysfunction of the rib joints at the back where they attach to the thoracic spine and at the front in the chest where they attach to cartilage.  This is universally due to long-term poor posture with a stiffening, rounded, kyphotic middle-back from slumping in […]

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Costochondritis Symptoms

Chest pain associated with costochondritis is usually preceded by exercise, minor trauma, or an upper respiratory infection. The pain, which may be dull, usually will be sharp and located on your front chest wall. It may radiate to your back or abdomen and is more common on your left side. There can be pain with […]

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