Rib Cage Conditions

Rib Cage Conditions

  • Post herpetic neuralgia & shingle (intercostal neuralgia)
  • Costochondritis
  • Rib Fracture Pain

Post herpetic neuralgia & shingle (intercostal neuralgia)

Overview

Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of zoster caused by the varicella virus (herpes zoster). Postherpetic neuralgia affects the nerve fibers and the skin, causing burning pain that lasts a long time after the rash and zoster blisters disappear.

 

Treatment

It has been shown that the vaccine against herpes zoster (Zostavax) considerably reduces the risk of contracting shingles. The vaccine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for adults over 50 and is recommended for all adults over 60 who are not allergic to the vaccine and who do not take immunosuppressant medications.

Costochondritis

Overview

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone, or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually goes away without treatment. The cause is usually unknown, but may happen from increased activity involving the arms.

 

Symptoms

Chest pain associated with costochondritis is usually preceded by exercise, minor trauma, or an upper respiratory infection.

 

Treatment

The following home remedies may provide relief from costochondritis:

  • Taking pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) as needed
  • Using local heat or ice to relieve pain
  • Avoiding unnecessary exercise or activities that make the symptoms worse; avoiding contact sports until there is improvement in symptoms, and then returning to normal activities only as tolerated
  • Doing stretching exercises

Rib Fracture Pain

Overview

Rib fracture is a common injury that occurs when one of the bones of the rib cage breaks or breaks. The most frequent cause is chest trauma, such as a fall, a car accident or impact during the practice of contact sports.

 

Symptoms

The pain associated with a rib fracture usually occurs or gets worse when:

You breathe deeply
Press on the injured area
Tilt or turn the body

 

Treatment

The following measures can help you avoid a rib fracture:

  • Protect yourself from athletic injuries. Wear protective equipment when doing contact sports.
  • Reduces the risk of falls in the home. Sort the disorder of the floors of your home and immediately clean everything that falls on the floor, use a rubber mat in the shower, keep good lighting in the home and place non-slip reinforcements on the rugs and rugs.
  • Strengthens bones Getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet is important to keep bones strong. The goal is to consume 1,200 milligrams of calcium and 600 international units of vitamin D daily from food and supplements.