Costochondritis & physical therapy

Different components of our skeletal system support the body, including bone, ligaments, tendon and cartilages. Cartilages are an important part of the skeletal system. They provide flexibility and sports to various organs. Costal cartilage is also found in the sternum, or rib bone. These are hyaline cartilages that serve two purposes: to lengthen the Sternum and to provide flexibility for the Sternum.

We call it costochondritis if there is any cause for inflammation of costal cartilages.

Causes of costochondritis

The most common causes for costochondritis include

  • Costochondritis may result from physical trauma to the sternum, such as during an accident.
  • Arthritis may also be a cause of costochondritis
  • Costochondritis may result from physical strain such as lifting heavy objects during bodybuilding.
  • Other viral and bacterial infections could also be a cause of osteochondritis
  • Noncancerous or cancerous tumors, as well as tumors that are not cancerous, may alter the structure and function of joints so it can cause osteochondritis.
  • Excessive use

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Costochondritis: What are the symptoms?

Expert doctors can easily identify symptoms of costochondritis. In most cases, however, a patient may confuse costochondritis and a heart attack because they are both the pain in the same area. These are some of the signs and symptoms of costochondritis.

  • Sharp stabbing pain in your chest, which can radiate to your back and lower parts
  • Pain on your left breast bone
  • When you take a deep breath or cough frequently, it’s because your sternum is moving too much.
  • If you press your chest hard, you will feel tenderness. This could be due to cartilage swelling.

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How can physical therapy help you?

The costochondritis patient can receive physical therapy to treat the symptoms. It also helps to reduce the inflammation and pain in the costal cartilages. Physical therapy included exercises like mobilization, joint mobilization, increasing range and motion, stretching, respiratory exercises, postural strength and breathing exercises. This was done to maintain the proper position of the cartilage and ribs. Costochondritis is also treated by many other physical therapy methods, such as heat and chill therapy, ultrasonic stimulation, and electrical stimulation. Costochondritis can’t be treated with just medication. Patients who have it must receive extensive physical therapy. It can worsen the condition if patients are not provided with effective, regular physical therapy. The only treatment left is surgery.

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