Costochondritis Back Pain

Costochondritis is the effect of cartilage becoming inflamed at the point where the upper ribs connect to the breastbone.  The main symptom is pain in the front of the chest.

Costochondritis can be connected with a range of causes, and is a comparatively harmless condition that will usually go away without treatment.  Though, costochondritis back pain can be a source of anxiety as it is often confused with that of a heart attack; the unexpected onset of chest pain should be assessed immediately by a doctor. Medical Acupuncture or Therapeutic Massage helps reduce chronic neck and middle back pain.

Often the symptoms of costochondritis resolve without Treatment of Costochondritis.  Where treatment is necessary, the aim is to reduce inflammation and control pain.  Treatment generally consists of:

  • Rest and avoiding activities that worsen the pain
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and diclofenac and pain relieving medications such as paracetamol
  • Ice and/or heat packs useful to the area
  • Gentle stretching of the upper chest muscles.

If the pain is extreme and prolonged, a corticosteroid medication such as hydrocortisone may be injected into the affected area to help diminish pain and inflammation.  In rare cases, where the condition does not respond to medical treatment, surgery to get rid of the inflamed cartilage may be necessary.