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Chest and Abdominal Pain

Use the tick box filters to select location of pain and symptoms. Or select from the chest and abdominal injuries below for more detailed information.

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Abdominal Strain

An abdominal muscle strain is a tear in one of the stomach muscles. The pain develops suddenly usuallly after a rapid twisting motion.

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Breast Contusion

A direct blow or imact to the breasts can cause pain and bruising.

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Bruised Bladder

A bruised bladder is also known as a contusion and is bruising of the bladder, caused by a direct impact to the lower abdomen.

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Bruised Kidney

A bruised kidney (or kidney contusion) occurs following a direct impact to the lower back area. This is most commonly from car accidents,

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Bruised Liver (Contusion)

A bruised liver or a liver contusion occurs after a direct impact to the torso, resulting in bleeding within the organ. Car accidents are the most common cause of this injury.

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Bruised Ribs (Rib Contusion)

Bruising to the ribs happens after a direct impact. The symptoms closely mimic a broken rib although are usually not quite as severe.

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Bruised Spleen (Contusion)

A bruised spleen (or spleen contusion) is bruising to the spleen which occurs after a direct impact to the upper left abdomen. It may occur after a fall or a car accident. It is not as severe an injury as a spleen laceration (or rupture).

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Bruised Sternum

The sternum is the breast bone which runs down the front of the ribcage. Brusing may occur after a direct impact, often car or cycle accidents.

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Cardiac Chest Pain

Pain in the chest linked to the heart or a heart attack.

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Collapsed Lung or Pneumothorax

A pneumothorax or collapsed lung occurs when there is a build up of air in the space between the lungs and the rib cage - known as the pleural space.

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Costochondral Separation

A costochondral separation occurs when one end of a rib dislocates from its socket on the breast bone. This usually occurs after an impact or violent twisting motion.

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Costochondritis (Tietze's Syndrome)

Costochondritis is also sometimes called Tietze's syndrome. It is an inflammatory condition caused by overuse

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Jogger's Breast

Repetitive traumer or bouncing up and down from jogging can cause permenant damage resulting in breasts dropping.

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Jogger's Nipple

A friction burn caused by repetitive rubbing of clothing against the nipple. This is more common in men as women tend to wear sports bras which don't move as much.

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Kidney Laceration

A kidney laceration (or rupture) occurs following a blunt impact to the lower back region. The extent of the injury can vary considerably.

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Measuring for a Sports Bra

We have teamed up with Shock Absorber sports bras to find out about how to measure for a sports bra and how to know that yours fits correctly!

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Pec Strain

A pec strain is a tear of one of the two chest muscles. This usually happens after a forceful shoulder movement or lifting heavy weights.

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Peptic (Stomach) Ulcer

Peptic Ulcers (stomach ulcers) are open sores that develop on the inside wall of the stomach. They may sometimes arise in the small intestine as well.

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Peritonitis

Peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity. It is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection.

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Referred Chest Pain

Referred chest pain is pain in the chest which has been caused or referred from elsewhere such as the upper back.

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Rib Fracture

A broken rib occurs after a direct impact to the ribcage. This may be a fall or being hit in the chest.

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Ruptured Spleen (Laceration)

A ruptured spleen may occur following a direct blow to the left side of the stomach or back. This causes a tearing of the lining of the spleen and the tissues inside.

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Side Stitch

A stitch is a pain on one side of the abdomen which develops during exercise. The symptoms tend to ease and quickly clear soon after stopping exercise.

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Sports Bra Too Small?

Many women make the mistake of wearing a sports bra which is too small. The video above explains the tell tale signs.

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Sports Bras

A good sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing a sports bra can lead to irreversible damage to the breast.

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Sternum Fracture

A sternum fracture is a fracture of the breast bone at the front of the chest, usually from a direct impact or fall.

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Stress Fracture of the Ribs

A stress fracture is one that develops gradually through overuse or repetitive muscle traction forces.

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Winded (Solar Plexus Syndrome)

Being winded occurs after being hit hard in the abdomen. This might occur after a rugby tackle for example. It usually causes feelings of breathlessness and anxiety.

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Abdomen pain
Chest pain
Lower back pain
Breathing difficulty
Gradual onset
Palpitations
Sudden onset