Costochondritis is painful inflammation in the front of the chest. It is in the cartilage that attaches the ribs to the breastbone.
Tietze syndrome is painful inflammation of the cartilages of the upper front of the chest and swelling of the joint.
|The Rib Cage|
|Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.|
This problem will often go away on its own within a few weeks or months. Symptoms can be managed with:
- Supportive care, such as resting the area and using warm or cold packs to ease pain and swelling
Medicines to ease pain and swelling, such as:
- Over the counter pain medicines
People who are not helped by these methods may need physical therapy. An exercise program will be created to promote strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
Copyright © EBSCO Information Services
All rights reserved.
a (Tietze’s Syndrome)
Family Doctor—The American Academy of Family Physicians https://familydoctor.org
Kids Health—Nemours Foundation http://kidshealth.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Health Canada https://www.canada.ca
Costochondritis. EBSCO Dynamed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/costochondritis. Accessed September 15, 2021.
Costochondritis. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/costochondritis.html. Accessed September 15, 2021.