What is included in the physical exam to evaluate costochondritis?

Updated: Feb 19, 2020
  • Author: Lynn K Flowers, MD, MHA, ABAARM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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A comprehensive physical examination should include assessment of the lateral ribs and the cervical and thoracic spine, as hypomobility in those areas may be a factor in the development of costochondritis. In such cases, upper thoracic mobilization and manipulation for the treatment of rib dysfunction may be incorporated into the treatment plan. [5]


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