Once the doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination that will include a comprehensive sternum examination to detect the type of pain, inflammation, and hypersensitivity and move your arms and chest to observe your reaction to stimuli.
The pain experienced with costochondritis is similar to that manifested in cardiovascular, pulmonary, and gastric conditions, so it is necessary to perform a series of tests to rule out serious conditions and confirm the diagnosis, such as electrocardiogram, x-rays, computed tomography, and MRI.
Drugs indicated for symptom control include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Physical therapy that includes stretching and flexibility exercises is recommended, as well as percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to treat the painful area and decrease pain response.
In case these treatments do not work, there are procedures such as direct infiltration of anesthetics and corticosteroids in the affected joint, as well as surgical options in extreme situations.
At the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center, we seek to improve the lives of patients restricted or immobilized by musculoskeletal disorders or injuries. We specialize in the care of the locomotor system by integrating the latest medical, biological, and technological advances, in strict adherence to the highest international standards of patient care.