A 19-year-old female asked:
how to prevent chest wall pain.
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
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.
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.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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