What is costochondritis?
Costochondritis is pain associated with inflammation of joints in the rib cage where cartilage meets the bone of the ribs or the breastbone.
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The symptoms of costochondritis are a sharp pain in the chest that is worse when you cough or sneeze, and tenderness or swelling in the joints of the rib cage.
Costochondritis is a symptom (chest pain resulting from inflammation) that can be caused by several factors, such as muscle strain, arthritis, vitamin D deficiency, or more serious causes such as heart problems or tumours.
Costochondritis is usually diagnosed by physical examination with your doctor. They may perform some additional tests, such as ECG and CT scan, to rule out more serious underlying causes of chest pain such as heart problems or infection.
Costochondritis is treated using pain-relief medications, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Yes. Costochondritis usually resolves itself within a few weeks. You may want to take pain-relief medication during that time.
No. Costochondritis can not be prevented as it appears spontaneously.
If your costochondritis is caused by muscle overuse, it can keep coming back if you continue the activities that cause muscle strain. Similarly, if conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis are the cause of costochondritis, they can …