Acute Costochondritis Treatment Overview
First steps to consider
- If you have been diagnosed with costochondritis, you can usually treat it at home.
- Resting and avoiding activities that cause pain, using a heating pad, and taking OTC pain relievers can help.
When you may need a provider
- If you’re not sure what is causing your chest pain, it’s important to see a healthcare provider to check for potentially serious conditions.
- You should see a provider if you have certain symptoms or risk factors for heart disease like shortness of breath, a family history of heart disease, or you are a male over the age of 40.
Go to the ER if you have new crushing or burning chest pain—especially if that pain shoots toward your jaw or left side.
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