Costochondritis: Why You Might Need a Needle in Your Chest

Understanding Costochondritis

Chest pain is always alarming, especially when it mimics the symptoms of a heart attack. One condition that can cause such pain is costochondritis, an inflammation where the ribs attach to the sternum. Let’s dive into what costochondritis is, how it’s typically treated, and why you might need an injection in your chest to find relief.

What is Costochondritis?

Costochondritis involves inflammation at the junction where the ribs meet the sternum. This condition can cause severe pain, often leading individuals to fear they are having a heart attack. The pain results from sprains and inflammation in the ligaments connecting the ribs to the sternum.

Sharp, aching pain in the chest Pain that worsens with certain movements or deep breaths Tenderness when pressing on the affected rib joints Pain that may radiate to the back or abdomen

Initial Treatments

For mild cases of costochondritis, the following treatments are usually recommended:
Applying heat to the affected area can reduce pain and inflammation.
Targeted exercises and stretches can help alleviate symptoms.
Over-the-counter medications and supplements.
When Mild Treatments Aren’t Enough Sometimes, the pain persists despite these conservative treatments. When costochondritis becomes chronic and unresponsive to initial therapies, more advanced interventions are considered. This is where the idea of injections comes into play.

Advanced Injections for Costochondritis

At The Osteopathic Center, we offer several advanced injection therapies to treat costochondritis. These treatments aim to create an acute inflammatory response, promoting healing by increasing blood flow to the affected ligaments.

ProloGraft® Procedure

Our patented ProloGraft® procedure includes a combination of the following therapies:

Non-Inflammatory Therapies

These therapies provide healing benefits with minimal inflammatory response

Donor-derived tissue allografts repair and regenerate the affected area, providing an almost immediate anti-inflammatory effect.
These enhance healing, promote tissue regeneration, and decrease inflammation.

Low Inflammatory Therapy
This therapy induces a mild inflammatory response to stimulate healing

Involves injecting a dextrose solution into the affected area to stimulate tissue repair.
Fat tissue, extracted from a donor, supports the repair and healing process.

High Inflammatory Therapies
These therapies are designed to create a strong inflammatory response to significantly boost the healing process:

Uses platelets derived from your own blood to accelerate healing by injecting them directly into the inflamed area.
Utilizes mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from your bone marrow to promote the regeneration of damaged tissues.
Fat tissue, from the patient, supports the repair and healing process.
These therapies are administered directly at the rib-sternum junction, which induces the desired inflammatory response. This response increases blood supply to the area, aiding the body in healing the sprained ligaments.

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Important Considerations
If you experience severe chest pain, it’s crucial to rule out a heart attack. Contact your traditional doctor or go to the emergency room to ensure your heart is healthy. Once a heart attack is ruled out, and if you’re diagnosed with costochondritis, consider visiting us for advanced treatment options.

Costochondritis can cause significant discomfort, often mimicking more serious conditions like a heart attack. While mild treatments like heat, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatories can help, chronic cases may require advanced therapies such as our ProloGraft® procedure. If you’re suffering from persistent chest pain and have ruled out cardiac issues, The Osteopathic Center can provide innovative solutions to help you find relief.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage where the ribs attach to the sternum, causing chest pain.
A healthcare provider diagnoses costochondritis based on physical examination and ruling out other conditions, such as a heart attack.
Symptoms include sharp chest pain, tenderness over the rib joints, and pain that worsens with movement or deep breathing.
Initial treatments include heat therapy, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Injections are considered when symptoms persist despite initial treatments. Advanced therapies like Prolotherapy, PRP, bone marrow aspirate, and adipose tissue grafts can provide relief.

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