We see many clients everyday with this pain and have a very effective for treatment with resolution in as little as one visit. Dr. Joshua Welch
Recently, many clients have comme in complaining of a reoccurring sharp stabbing pain coming from her rib area. After examination, the diagnosis was costochondritis or Tietze’s syndrome. Luckily, chiropractic treatment can help.
What is Costochondritis?
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum or breastbone. The condition most often affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach to the breastbone (sternum). This area is referred to as the costosternal joint.
The symptoms include sharp, stabbing pain, and is often worse when taking a breath or coughing. If the cause is near an upper rib, the pain can radiate to the arm, which can be quite alarming.
What causes costochondritis?The cause of costochondritis can often be a mystery. The patient mentioned above found it was her new work station. She had recently added two larger screens, and found she was moving between screens by moving her torso, instead of her entire body.
Many other activities have the potential to cause this kind or rib injury. You are at higher risk if you
Treatment for Rib Pain
Chiropractic treatment is a natural effective treatment for costochondritis. A National Institutes of Health study found chiropractic management of Tietze syndrome (costochondritis) was successful in reducing pain levels.
Many times, the rib itself will out of alignment (a rib subluxation) causing increased inflammation with each breath in and out. I recommend an adjustment, which can be a bit uncomfortable, but the relief is generally instantaneous if this is the cause of the irritation.
Keeping the entire body in alignment, will help the ribs remain in place and heal faster.
Additional treatment recommendations:
Rib Friendly Living
For those who want to improve their condition and avoid it in the future, here are some everyday living guidelines:
Once you are on your way to recovery, we can discuss therapeutic strengthening exercises to build strength and help to avoid re-injury.
Please remember, all chest pain is an emergency. If you think you may be having a heart attack, it is best to go to the emergency room. This article is meant to discuss other types of injuries and how chiropractic can help.
Now on to healthy living!
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