Costochondritis is basically a condition causing inflammation of the bones and cartilage of the chest wall, mainly in the area surrounding the sternum. The inflammation occurs at the cartilage connecting the rib bones to the sternum. Not all causes of costochondritis are known, but there are some key causes. One is from a car accident, where the individual's chest hits the steering wheel and the ribs and sternum are injured. A second cause is repeated overuse to the area in sports, such as in rowers. Sometimes an upper respiratory infection can cause costochondritis, especially from repetitive coughing during the illness. This article will explore methods for treating and dealing with costochondritis.
Things You'll Need
- doctor visit
- rest and relaxation
- avoidance of use of chest area as much as possible
- optional: pain medication
If you have pain in the chest area, especially due to overuse in sports or a car accident, the first step is to get checked out by a doctor. If you were injured in a car accident, you may be taken to the hospital by ambulance. You will first want a doctor's examination to determine if you have costochondritis.