Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the sternum, causing pain and tenderness around the breastbone. Whether it’s an injury from work, playing sports, keeping fit or just getting older and not being in the shape we once were, CARESPACE Health+Wellness with locations in Kitchener and Waterloo can help.
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There are many causes of costochondritis
The exact cause of costochondritis is unknown, but some factors can contribute to or worsen the condition. These include injuries or chiropractic manipulation to the chest area, heavy physical labor, and chronic coughing. In some cases, people who are particularly physically active may be more prone to developing costochondritis due to repetitive use of a given muscle group in their sternovascular region. Fortunately, costochondritis typically resolves on its own with conservative treatments such as rest and heat therapy. Other therapies such as chiropractic care, physiotherapy, massage therapy or specific exercises may also help alleviate symptoms in some cases.
CARESPACE can help your costochondritis
We all know that health and wellness is important, but with so many competing priorities, it’s hard to stay on top of it. CARESPACE uses a result-oriented, natural approach to rehabilitation and wellness with your choice of Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy. CARESPACE practitioners work together to understand both your primary concerns and long-term health goals. Multidisciplinary evidence-based plans are designed to address the root causes and are developed to provide fast and long-lasting relief to ensure you can start living your healthier life today.
Costochondritis is a type of chest pain caused by inflammation of the costochondral joint where the cartilage meeting the rib bones is located. Often, there is no identified cause for costochondritis although physical activity, infections, injuring the chest wall, certain types of arthritis, or other conditions may sometimes be associated with it.
Symptoms of costochondritis can include sharp pain in the chest, localized tenderness in the ribs, and tenderness or swelling in the cartilage joining the sternum and ribs known as costosternal junction. The pain from costochondritis may worsen when you take a deep breath, sneeze, or cough; when touching the affected area; or when pressing on your chest. It is important to seek medical attention if the symptoms associated with this condition become severe or are accompanied by shortness of breath, chest tightness, or impaired cardiac functioning.
Costochondritis, a painful inflammation of the chest wall, can be treated through various chiropractic manipulations. A chiropractor will use techniques such as soft tissue massage and joint mobilizations to reduce the pain from Costochondritis. Other treatments that may help with this condition also include physiotherapy and massage therapy involving manual manipulation of muscle – for example, rubbing or kneading muscles to increase circulation and relax the chest area. It is important to note that strengthening exercises should not be done when dealing with Costochondritis, but there are specific stretching exercises and postural habits which may help reduce symptoms associated with this condition.
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Chiropractors are health care professionals focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through joint manipulation, exercise and education. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.
Massage Therapists use a range of soft tissue and joint stimulation techniques. Massage stimulates blood flow, restores muscle elasticity, and relieves built-up tension to repair your body and allow a calmer outlook on life.
Physiotherapists work with you when you’ve experienced a work or sports injury, or are suffering from a chronic condition. You’ll improve strength, increase range of motion to restore your body’s functionality. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.
Not sure which discipline to select?
Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy can all be effective for your costochondritis. Choose any one of the above. Once the initial assessment has been completed, you will be directed to the discipline and practitioner who will be able to deliver the best results.
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