Costochondritis is a condition that causes chest pain due to inflammation of the cartilage and bones in the chest wall.It occurs when there is inflammation at the cartilage joining the rib bone and sternum(breastbone). Costochondritis is relatively harmless condition,and usually goes away without treatment. Common causes includes traumatic injury(accidents),overuse injury in athletes,infections after surgery,Viral infections,usually upper respiratory infections.
- Pain over the front part of the upper chest(area of the sternum).
- Pain usually worsened by the activity or exercise,often worsened when taking deep breath,or while coughing.This stretches the inflamed cartilage and causes severe pain.
- Pain may be radiated to shoulder or arms or back and abdomen.
- swelling of the tissue that surround the bone(sternum) Tenderness when pressing on the ribs. Costochondritis is often mistaken for heart attack pain.The pain of a heart attack feels as if its coming from under your sternum(breastbone)and is often more wide spread,while caustochondritis pain seems to come from the sternum itself and is focused on smallarea.
Homeopathic medicines help in treating the tenderness and pain in the chest by reducing the inflammation without any sideeffects.The underlying infection is completely cured and reccurrence is prevented. If the pain is chronic or more frequent,it is advised to use the medicines regularly for a longer period of time.