Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tietze's Syndrome Treatment

There is no cure for costochondritis, but it usually resolves on its own. Treatment focuses on relieving the pain. Treatment for costochondritis usually includes rest, cold or warm compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Moderate to severe pain may be treated with narcotic pain medications. Occasionally, muscle relaxant medications may be required to treat muscle spasms in the chest. Costochondritis usually resolves within 2 weeks, but may last as long as a few months.

Treatment for costochondritis may include:

Tietze's Syndrome Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat costochondritis:

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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