Physical Therapy Relieves Symptoms of Costochondritis and Tietze's Syndrome

Costochondritis and Tietze’s Syndrome involve inflammation of the joints and cartilage in the rib and breast bone region. The swelling causes pain and can even cause difficulty breathing.

What Causes Costochondritis and Tietze’s Syndrome?

The causes can be varied, but all create inflammation in the rib cage and around the breast bone. Here are just a few of the causes:

  • Trauma such as an accident
  • Intense physical strain
  • Arthritis
  • And sometimes, for no apparent reason

Those with either condition experience pain with movement or sitting in certain positions. The chest pain may be sharp or a constant dull ache. Many feel pain when rising from a seated position or when bending over. As the condition progresses, some may have difficulty breathing.

The good news is that physical therapy relieves symptoms of Costochondritis and Tietze’s Syndrome.

Physical Therapy for Costochondritis and Tietze's Syndrome

Physical therapy helps patients manage pain, decrease inflammation and improve movement. You can expect to participate in a four-to-six-week series of physical therapy appointments.

Stretching will take the pressure off of your inflamed ribs. Building back and abdominal muscles, postural strengthening will keep the pressure low. During physical therapy sessions, your professional therapist will increase your range of motion with stretching exercises.

Education plays an essential role in recovery from both Costochondritis and Tietze’s Syndrome. You will learn breathing and strength exercises to continue at home.

What to Expect at The Therapy Network

A therapist will evaluate your condition during your first visit to The Therapy Network. You can expect the following evaluations:

  • Range of Motion Measurements
  • Strength Measurements
  • Spinal Mobility Assessment including Neck, Mid-Back, and Lower Back
  • Breathing Assessment

Physical therapy relieves symptoms of Costochondritis and Tietze’s Syndrome, and your specialist will create a custom treatment program that includes posture education and a home exercise program.

Appointments are available today at the six Virginia Therapy Network locations. If you live in Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach or Chesapeake, there is a Therapy Network location near your neighborhood.