Can Chiropractic Help with Rib Pain AKA Costochondritis?

Can Chiropractic Help with Rib Pain AKA Costochondritis? | SF Custom Chiropractic
As anyone who suffers from it knows, pain from costochondritis can be brutal and debilitating. Costochondritis is a very painful condition that is inflammation of the cartilage that connects your ribs to your sternum. It can cause a mass of rib pain and pain in your chest, and this pain can often be confused with pain caused by heartburn or a heart attack. There are a few methods of treatment to deal with the pain from costochondritis, including anti-inflammatory drugs, stretching, or nerve stimulation. However, chiropractic care can also be a useful component of dealing with this rib pain.

What Can Cause Rib Pain?

Costochondritis can come from a number of causes, including an accident, poor posture, genetics, arthritis, and more. It can also involve more than just rib pain and may involve other pain in your extremities and a difficult time taking a deep breath. As such, this is more than just a minor inconvenience and if left untreated, this type of pain can negatively impact your life.

Use Chiropractic for Rib Pain Management and Relief

Chiropractic care can help you reduce your costochondritis by adjusting your chest, back, ribs and other limbs. Depending on the cause behind your costochondritis, a chiropractor may be able to conduct a series of adjustments that can help ensure your ribs are aligned the way they should. This may involve careful manual adjustments, or the use of a tool, such as an Activator, that is capable of making smaller and more precise adjustments. Appropriate chiropractic adjustments may help to reduce inflammation and pain.
However, a good chiropractor doesn’t just make adjustments and then require that you come in week after week in order to get rid of your pain permanently. While this may be necessary, adjustments are only a piece of the overall puzzle when it comes to reducing your pain. Comprehensive chiropractic care involves so much more than just adjustments and may include:

  • Teaching stretches and other exercises that can help you reduce your pain
  • Massage or acupuncture that can address your issues on another level
  • Recommendation to other medical or fitness professionals, as necessary, to provide for a more comprehensive and complementary healing
  • Lifestyle changes that you can make, such as changing your posture or the way you sit, to reduce your the short-term pain and long-term damage

You don’t have to live with this type of pain. Contact our chiropractors today. Remember, a good chiropractor can give you the kind of comprehensive treatment that you deserve.

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