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Musculoskeletal Chest Pain: What It Is And How To Treat It

Pain is an alarm signal through which our bodies communicate that there’s something wrong going on.  And feeling pain in your chest might certainly be alarming, to say the least, as you would probably think about having a heart attack!

But there are many reasons as to why you might be experiencing musculoskeletal chest pain and that’s why we’re here to help you…

What Is Musculoskeletal Chest Pain?

Breathing and moving is a struggle. It doesn’t matter what you do and how you do it, you have a lingering painful sensation that pervades your chest. 

If you are not experiencing any worrisome symptoms, that might indicate that you have a cardiac problem, it’s most likely a musculoskeletal issue.

What Are The Main Causes For Musculoskeletal Chest Pain?

There are many possible causes for the pain that you’re experiencing. In order to determine the nature of your condition and any treatment option, you should book an appointment to see a healthcare professional as soon as you notice your symptoms. Some of the most frequent causes for chest pain are…

#1 An Injury

This is one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain. You might have injured your chest wall during sport or work activities, causing frequent pain. 

#2 Costochondritis 

Costosternal syndrome or anterior chest wall syndrome is a condition that affects the ribs, resulting in pain and movement limitation.

This condition has to be assessed by a health-care professional to exclude any kind of fracture.

#3 Lower Rib Pain Syndrome 

This condition causes pain in the lower region of your chest, by affecting the ligaments between your rib cage and breastbone. 

#4 Fibromyalgia 

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body. Although it’s not a life threatening condition, it can severely affect your quality of life and limit your ability to function on a daily basis.

#5 Rheumatic Diseases

Other causes for musculoskeletal chest pain include arthritis or other inflammatory conditions. 

What Are My Treatment Options?

Depending on the cause of your chest pain, you will be offered different kinds of treatments.

You could be advised to take painkillers, to do physical therapy or, even, to just rest!

The best way to make sure that you are not neglecting any possible cause is to make an appointment with an osteopath or a msk rehabilitator

Book Your Appointment…

Don’t neglect the pain that you are experiencing and book your appointment to see the right specialist today. You can contact us through our online form or give us a call on 01606 45077.

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