Costochondritis is an inflammation of the joints formed by the
cartilage connecting the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). The inflammation may
be caused by an injury to the chest, but often the reason for the inflammation
is not known.
Common symptoms of costochondritis may include:
The discomfort of costochondritis may last for days or weeks.
Treatment includes rest, warm compresses, and the use of anti-inflammatory
medicines (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen).
September 13, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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