Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Muscular Chest Pain Treatment

The treatment for chest wall pain depends on the underlying cause of the pain. Chest wall pain may improve after treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, cold compresses, and rest. A person with chest wall pain tends to avoid deep breaths because of pain. However, deep breathing is important to reduce the risk for atelectasis and pneumonia. Thus, pain medication is important for those who are unable to breathe deeply because of pain.

Treatment for chest wall pain may include:

Muscular Chest Pain Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat chest wall pain:

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Last Updated: Jun 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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