CostochondritisOverview

overview

Costochondritis is inflammation where your ribs join your breastbone. It causes sharp pain in the middle of your chest.

symptoms

The main symptom of costochondritis is sharp chest pain that's worse when moving and breathing.

causes

It's not exactly clear what causes costochondritis. It's been linked to severe coughing, chest injury and strain from exercise.

treatments_overview

Costochondritis often gets better after a few weeks. Resting, holding a warm cloth to your chest and taking painkillers can help while it heals.

Page last reviewed: 24/04/2019
Next review due: 24/04/2022