10 Causes of Rib Pain

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Cause #2: Costochondritis

Costochondritis or chest wall syndrome refers to the cartilage inflammation in the costal cartilage, which is the structure connecting a rib to the sternum. It is a common cause of rib pain often mistaken for a heart-related condition.

Costochondritis can cause issues such as pain and tenderness that are often worsened with physical activity, coughing, and deep breathing. The symptoms are often similar to a heart attack. It is important to note that all chest pain should be considered a medical emergency until threatening issues are ruled out. Treatment options are limited and usually involve rest and pain medication.

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