Costochondral Separation

A Costochondral separation sometimes known as a rib separation usually occurs after a direct impact.

Costochondral separation symptoms

Symptoms of a costochondral separation include a sudden point of pain where the rib meets the chest bone or sternum. Patients often describe a popping sensation. The initial pain may subside, only to gradually get worse again. Pain is acute with deep breaths, coughing and sneezing.

Costochondral separation explained

Chostochondral jointsThe costochondral joints are the joints formed by the ribs and the cartilage which attaches them to the breast bone (sternum). A separation of the bone from the cartilage is similar to a joint dislocation. This injury may also be known as a separated rib.

A separation of one of the costochondral joints usually occurs after an impact such as a fall onto the side of the body or being hit by something. Violent twisting movements can result in a costochondral separation. It can also happen from coughing violently.

Treatment of a separated rib

Treatment for a costochondral separation or separated rib as it is know is mostly rest. Seek medical attention to rule out any complications such as a fractured rib or pneumothorax. Your Doctor may prescribe pain killers to ease your discomfort and allow you to breathe more normally. This injury will usually take around 2-3 months to heal fully.