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how to prevent chest wall pain.

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
1st, sort out basis: Chest wall pain: many origins; commonly recognized include: skin, intercostal muscles, cartilage (connecting ribs to ribs & ribs to sternum), pleuritic (chest wall inner lining and/or lining of lung surfaces), bone, esophagus, heart and/or within the lungs, & the list goes on. Step 1: learn the anatomy. & 2. Work on seeing what either induces or more clearly: what changes the pain, when present.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
No way: You can get some chest wall pain and strain just from moving around. Most is of no consequence and responds to rest, stretching, massage, heating pad etc.

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