History and symptoms:
- Moderate to severe anterior chest wall pain
- insidious onset occurring over days to weeks
- Pain is usually on the one side of the chest
- Pain may be made worse by coughing or sneezing.
- Direct trauma
- Aggressive exercise
- Upper respiratory tract infection with a cough.
A chiropractor can definitely treat this type of pain by doing the following:
- Spinal manipulation therapy
- soft tissue therapy that includes accupuncture, massage, fascia release and kinesiology taping.
- Home care -ICE therapy, stretching and a short term use of anti-inflammation medication.
- Core stability training.
- Postural advice
Prognosis of costochondritis is excellent, full recovery is expected. Resolution usually occurs in several weeks or months, relapse may occur.
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