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Costochondritis - localilzed rib pain - breast bone pain

Signs or Symptoms

Localized pain or severe ache of the chest where the ribs meet the breastbone.

Description

Inflammation of the cartilage and bones in the chest wall.

Causes

The "official" cause of costochondritis is classified as 'idiopathic,' or unknown. The most common known cause of costochondritis is a traumatic injury - or repeditive stress as could result from chronic coughing

Standard treatment

Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications

AK Approach

Factors that would cause local malfunctioning of the rib attachments are looked for. These are usually imbalances of the muscles that attach to the ribs. The involved muscles are examined and tested for the specific treatment that will reduce the abnormal function of the muscle and normalize the pull of the muscle. Treatment is then aimed at normalizing the function of the ribs and the spine.

Factors that will reduce inflammation and speed the recovery are then tested for.

Other lifestyle modifications are used to prevent or minimize exacerbating the condition. These can include postural work, muscle rehabilitation, stretching exercises or changes in work position or lifting habits, A specific program for your needs is created.

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