Chronic Chest & Respiratory
Chronic chest pain comes on gradually over time and, like asthma, may be a long term condition. Overuse is a more common cause of these pains and issues rather than a specific injury or impact. Injuries or conditions in another part of the body, such as the back or stomach, may be causing the chest pain and may get worse with activity. These chronic pains should be checked out by a doctor to find the original, underlying cause and so they can prescribe treatment to help ease the pain.
Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways which causes shortness of breath and 'wheezing'. Its severity can range from mild, with only occasional symptoms, to a severe and life-threatening condition.
Costochondritis is an inflammatory condition that occurs at the joints between the ribs and the sternum (breastbone). The condition is sometimes also known as Tietze's syndrome. It can be caused by overuse as the cartilage between the joints becomes damaged. Younger people are particularly affected by this condition, which causes chest pain.
Pain in the chest can sometimes be referred from the back. Pain will be felt in the chest but the cause of the problem may be in the thoracic spine. The upper back may feel stiff but chest pain when taking a deep breath can also be a symptom of a back/spinal problem. Read on for more about the injuries that can cause referred chest pain and how it can be treated.
Stress fractures of the ribs can be caused by excessive contraction of the muscles that attach to the ribs such as serratus anterior. General chest pain, and back pain, may be felt which gets worse with activity and when breathing deeply. Sports like tennis and baseball are common causes of this injury as they involve repeated muscle contractions that put strain on the ribs.