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costochondritis

Posted by Stanley Griffin on December 03, 1998 at 17:18:23:

Dr Stoll:
I have a friend who has been diagnosed with costochondritis. What exactly is this condition and what treatments are available? Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Stan Griffin


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Re: costochondritis

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on December 04, 1998 at 09:46:01:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by Stanley Griffin on December 03, 1998 at 17:18:23:

Costochondritis is essentially just a descriptive word for symptoms. Costo=ribs, chondro=cartilage, itis=inflammation/irritation. So it's basically saying that the cartilage portion of the ribs, where they attach to the sternum is irritated. Which says nothing about why the problem is there. The only med treatment that I am aware of is medication. Obviously you are here to find out about other options for your friend. Looking at the problem biomechanically you have to ask yourself what is putting stress on the ribs? Where else do they attach that movement could cause this stress at the sternum? The answer is- at the spine. Any rotation of a thoracic vertebrae will influence the position of the rib which is attached to that vertebrae at two points.

I've seen quite a few patients with costochondritis and they are one of the most easily resolved cases. Tell your friend to have a chiropractor look him over. Then point him toward skilled relaxation in order to avoid future reaccurances.

Best wishes.





Re: costochondritis

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 04, 1998 at 11:55:21:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by Stanley Griffin on December 03, 1998 at 17:18:23:

Dear Stan,

Listen to Doc Dave.

Also, a Rolfer woudl resolve this for a year or so without anything else being done.

The most common cause of this, that I have seen, is the "bracing" of the intercostal muscles caused by an overwhelming storage of stress-effect in the hypothalamus that we have discussed on this site for years. This is why Doc Dave mentioned the skilled relaxation.

Walt




Re: costochondritis

Posted by Peggy on December 04, 1998 at 12:47:48:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by Stanley Griffin on December 03, 1998 at 17:18:23:


I had this off-and-on for a couple years and didn't know it even had a name (or that other people suffered from it) until I came across it here. I thought I did it playing tennis and it was extremely painful. I was repeatedly adjusted by a chiro for a while, but it never helped. I'm very happy to announce that it has been completely gone since I started my skilled relaxation 4 months ago.

Peggy




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