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  • The problem area has swollen

  • Tight feeling in the chest

  • Affected area has swelled up

  • Pain around the rib cage

  • Chest pain all over

  • Chest pain caused by exercise

  • Tightening in the chest

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is costochondritis?

Inflammation of the cartilage connecting ribs to the breastbone. Causes include physical strain, prolonged vigorous coughing, and viral infections; though in many cases, no clear cause is found.

Symptoms of costochondritis

  • Chest pain when coughing or during deep breathing

  • Chest pain

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Left-sided chest pain

  • Right sided chest pain

  • Pain on pressing the chest wall

  • Moving the arm / shoulder worsens the pain

  • Muscle pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for costochondritis

  • Do you have sharp chest pain when coughing or taking a deep breath?

  • Do you have chest pain?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have pain on the left side of your chest?

  • Do you have chest pain on the right side?

Treatment for costochondritis

This condition resolves by itself, but may take several months to fully resolve. Medications like painkillers and anti-inflammatory pills can speed up healing. Simple measures like warm compresses and decreasing physical strain can also help.

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References

  • Mott T, Jones G, Roman K. Costochondritis: Rapid Evidence Review. Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jul 1;104(1):73-78. PMID: 34264599.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2021/0700/p73.html

  • Proulx AM, Zryd TW. Costochondritis: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2009 Sep 15;80(6):617-20. PMID: 19817327.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2009/0915/p617.html

  • Schumann JA, Sood T, Parente JJ. Costochondritis. 2021 Jul 10. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 30422526.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532931/

  • Yoshiyama N, Tsuneyoshi S, Nishi JI, Ishii H. Infective costochondritis and multiple abscesses in a healthy adult. BMJ Case Rep. 2021 Jan 15;14(1):e240948. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-240948. PMID: 33452067; PMCID: PMC7813321.

    https://casereports.bmj.com/content/14/1/e240948

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Reviewed By:

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS (Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Nass received dual medical degrees from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University in Medicine and Science. He completed Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center with subsequent fellowships at Ventura, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, George Washington University, and University of California-Irvine. He holds faculty appointments at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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