Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tender Sternum Overview

Another name for Tender Sternum is Chest Tenderness.

What is chest tenderness?
A person with chest tenderness has pain when pressure is applied to the chest. The pain may originate from the skin, ribs, or muscles of the chest wall. Chest tenderness may be caused by chest injury, inflammation, or infection. Common causes of chest tenderness include a chest contusion, and a rib fracture.

What are the symptoms of chest tenderness?
Symptoms that occur with chest tenderness include chest pain, chest bruise, chest swelling, skin redness, skin swelling, back pain, back bruise, abdominal pain, cough, difficulty breathing, and wheezing.

How does the doctor treat chest tenderness?
Treatment for chest tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Chest tenderness may be treated with rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for chest tenderness may require antibiotics, antiviral medications, or narcotic pain medications.

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