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What causes inflammation of the rib cage?

What causes inflammation of the rib cage?

Activity: Known as costochondritis. Can come on with increased activity. Some people prone. Don't think there is anything to do to prevent. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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I tore cartilage in my rib cage and it's getting worse (it's been 2 weeks). What do I do?

I tore cartilage in my rib cage and it's getting worse (it's been 2 weeks). What do I do?

This usually occurs-: -at the rib-cartilage junction or the sternum. 2 weeks is not very long.use heat NSAIDS if able & avoid things that aggravate it. If if does not get better see a chest surgeon who may inject it. Severe cases need excision off the Costro-chondral junction tho rare. ...Read more

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What's the name of an inflammation of the muscles near your rib cage?

What's the name of an inflammation of the muscles near your rib cage?

Costochondritis: Pain/inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall (specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone) is called 'costochondritis'. 'tietze's syndrome' is another term for pain originating from the ribs/cartilage. ...Read more

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Torn cartilage in rib cage and the pain is getting worse, it's been 2 weeks. Any tips?

Torn cartilage in rib cage and the pain is getting worse, it's been 2 weeks. Any tips?

Conservative care: Generally this type of injury will just take time and conservative care for healing. I would recommend regular use of NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen or Aleve) for a couple weeks, and ice/heat, as well as topical treatments like aspercreme or capsaicin cream. If the pain persists you may want to see a physician about further imaging such as a CT scan or MRI. ...Read more

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I feel like I have some kind of inflammation in my rib cage (particularly on my left side). What could cause it and what treatment is available?

I feel like I have some kind of inflammation in my rib cage (particularly on my left side). What could cause it and what treatment is available?

Pleuritis/chondritis: Sounds like pleurisy which is an inflammation on the lining of your lungs. Actually quite common and caused by various infections or inflammation triggers. Typically antiinflammatories (aspirin, naproxen, etc) that are over the counter are helpful. In some people it can be more serious so if it is persistent or not helped by over the counter pain relievers, seek help. ...Read more

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Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed? Do rib cartilages shrink

Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed?
Do rib cartilages shrink

Potentially: The property of a material to stretch in respons to a stress and then contract back to its original length is know as elasticity. To some extent, the cartilage portion of the ribs do have this property. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain under my rib cage on my left side.. I read that this is due to inflammation of the spleen? Possible I have mono?

What can I do for this pain under my rib cage on my left side.. I read that this is due to inflammation of the spleen? Possible I have mono?

See your physician: While mono can be one cause of splenic enlargement, it needs to be determined whether your spleen is enlarged, or if your pain is due to another cause. You should be evaluated by your physician to determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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I've had chondritis in left rib cage, inflammation of the left eye, and my arms feel heavy and achy all in the past 6 months. What is going on?

I've had chondritis in left rib cage, inflammation of the left eye, and my arms feel heavy and achy all in the past 6 months. What is going on?

Need more informatio: This is something you need to discuss with your physician. There is a condition called Polychondritis which could also involve the eye. I cannot confirm that this is what you have but something you can discuss with your physician. Relapsing Polychondritis is a systemic process which can cause inflammation in a blood vessels called vasculitis ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more