Costochondritis

  • Inflammation between the ribs and breastbone
  • Symptoms may include chest pain and tenderness to touch and swelling, pain may be sharp or spread to another part of the body
  • Cause unknown but may be due to repetitive injury
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age adults
  • May be mild to severe and may recur

Avoid activities that make symptoms worse

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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