Rib cage pain has multiple causes.
A fall or trauma to the area could result in one or more rib fractures. Pain with breathing may be related to pleurisy
, a painful inflammation
in the lining of the lungs. An exam by your doctor, some blood tests and likely a chest x-ray would be the safe way to proceed. Osteopathic manipulation may help if no serious source is found, to relax painful muscles.
Answer assisted by Garrett Caldwell, Medical Student