Chest and midback pain, Part 2: Chiropractic topics

Costochondritis is a condition that causes pain in the front of the chest. This condition effects the middle ribs close to the sternum. Usually this condition produces pain on both sides of the chest. The cause is often difficult to determine but may be associated with some type of injury. Chiropractic traction of the ribs may be effective in reducing pain from Costochondritis. Moist heat and over the counter analgesics are helpful as well.
Slipped ribs are a condition that results from a lifting maneuver such as a bench press motion. A popping or clunking sensation in the lower ribs is often present. The rib may pop in and out during certain motions. The condition is usually caused by loosening of the cartilage of the lower ribs due to direct trauma or constant overcontraction of the chest muscles. Avoidance of the causative motion and rest is recommended.
Fibromyalgia is a common cause of rib pain that is more common in women. Fibromyalgia often produces aching, fatigue and a stiff sensation in multiple muscle groups. Cold, damp weather, fatigue, sedentary positions, overexertion, stress, and poor posture seem to aggrevate the condition. Conservative approaches to fibromyalgia include heat, moderate execise and stess reduction.
Intercostal neuritis is a condition that produces a band of pain on one side of the chest. Intercostal neuritis may be associated with shingles. For persons with shingles the pain is followed by a rash along the nerve distribution path in 3-5 days. Rib subluxations are often the cause of intercostal neuritis as well. Chiropractic adjustments are often very effective in reducing rib subluxations and intercostal neuritis. Chiropractic adjustments of the ribs are also recommended for those with diabetic associated intercostal neuritis.
Pleurisy is often associated with recent respiratory infections. The pain is often made worse by coughing, sneezing and bending of the back. The pains are usually sharp and aggrevated by lying down on the painful side. Chest x rays are often valuable in determining the extend and severity of the condition. Less severe cases are often managed with conservative methods.

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