How is costochondritis treated?

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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Outpatient treatment for costochondritis may include the following

  • NSAIDs for pain control
  • Local heat
  • Local infiltration of local anesthetic, steroid, or intercostal nerve block (reserved for refractory cases)
  • Biofeedback
  • Gentle stretching of the pectoralis muscles 2-3 times a day may be beneficial
  • Primary care follow-up for patients with persistent symptoms [15]

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