Back pain - Costochondritis - Chiropractor Centurion

Back pain - Costochondritis - Chiropractor Centurion
The definition of costochondritis is an inflammatory process of 1 or more costochondral cartilages that causes localozed tenderness and pain in the anterior chest wall. The costochondral cartilages is basically the cartilage between the ribs and the sternum(chest bone). This condition occurs in 4% of the population and normally it occurs more in females than in males. Dr Gert Ferreira a chiropractor in Centurion will explain more.

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.

Risk factors:

  • Direct trauma
  • Aggressive exercise
  • Upper respiratory tract infection with a cough.

 

Treatment:

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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