It is inflammation of the joint which is occur between the ribs and sternum. The pain of Costochondritis might be similar like angina or heart attack


Signs and symptoms include:Costochondritis Symptoms Causes Treatment

  • Pain worsen during deep breath
  • Pain during cough
  • Sharp aching pain
  • Affect more than one rib.

Some causes of costochondritis include:

  • Tumors from breast, lung or thyroid may spread to the rib cage
  • Injury to the chest
  • Physical strain due to heavy exercise
  • Arthritis
  • Infection of joints by virus or bacteria

After taking history of your signs and symptoms your doctor performs a chest examination to check the swelling, tenderness and any physical sign of chest pain. To rule the other causes, he/she might recommend the chest x-ray and CT scan to see any underlying cause.


The main aim of treatment is to reduce the pain. Treatment options include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the inflammation and pain.
  • Anti-seizure drugs also use to treat the pain
  • Anti-depressant also helpful in chronic pain
  • Nerve stimulation to mask the pain nerve fiber
Lifestyle and Home Remedies
  • Use pain killers
  • Avoid activities which worsen the pain
  • Avoid heavy exercise
  • Apply hear or ice
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