Is anyone familiar with this condition and treatment of this condition?
14 Oct 2011
Costocondritis is the inflammation of the very small joints that link the ribs to the breastbone. It can affect just one joint, one side of the ribs or any combination.
The common cause for it is injury but it can also be caused by a virus or just happen.
It is an extremely painfully condition in which every breath is painful. Coughing, sneezing, hiccups or anything else to cause pressure on the joints will worsen the pain.
The main treatment for this is anti-inflammatory medications and pain medication. A typical cause will last anywhere between 6 weeks to 6 months. In some cases, steroid injections are given but it runs the risk of making the inflammation worse.
Things an individual can do to help: treat with ice or heat, whichever can be tolerated. Wear loose clothing around that area so things spots are not pressed by it. Reduce the amount of weight that is carried on a daily basis to as little as possible (10lbs). Do not sleep on your stomach, better to sleep on you side or back.
28 Jul 2011
Costochondritis is a common form of inflammation of the cartilage where ribs attach to the breastbone, the sternum. The inflammation can involve multiple cartilage areas on both sides of the sternum but usually is on one side only.
The cause(s) of costochondritis is(are) not known and may involve several factors. Possible causes include heredity (genetic predisposition), viruses, and trauma (injury).
Costochondritis can be an independent condition by itself or sometimes be a feature of a more widespread disorder. Examples of illnesses that can feature costochondritis include fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis reactive arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease).
Costochondritis can be aggravated by any activity that involves stressing the structures of the front of the chest cage. It is generally best to minimize these activities until the inflammation of the rib and cartilage areas has subsided.
Rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and even cortisone injections have been used as therapy for the inflamed, painful cartilage of both costochondritis and Tietze syndrome. Ice packs applied to local swelling can sometimes help to reduce pain and inflammation. Local lidocaine analgesic patch (Lidoderm) application can reduce pain.
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