Sudden onset chest pain

Cardiac chest pain in athletes

Cardiac Chest Pain

Chest pain in athletes can be from a number of causes, although cardiac or heart problems should always be considered. Chest pain in athletes Chest pain in athletes may be caused by a wide range of conditions including muscular pain and pain referred from the thoracic spine. Whilst cardiac causes may not be suspected in …

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Sternoclavicular injury

Sternoclavicular Sprain

The collarbone connects to the sternum or breastbone in the middle of the chest at the top. If the shoulder is subjected to a hard impact, this joint (known as the sternoclavicular joint), can become injured. There will be pain located on the joint which may spread into the shoulder. Medical help should be consulted …

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Side Stitch

A stitch can usually be felt to one side of the abdomen, more often the right side, around the area of the lower ribs. Many people suffer from stitches when doing sport, particularly running based activities. We examine the possible causes and what you may be able to do about it. Most cases of abdominal …

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Pec Strain

The pectoralis major muscle is a large powerful muscle at the front of the chest. It is used to rotate the arm inwards. Its weak point is at the tendon where it attaches to the arm bone. The front of the shoulder will be painful and swell up, and the muscle may have visibly changed. …

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Costochondral Separation

A Costochondral separation, sometimes known as a rib separation, usually occurs after a direct impact. This injury occurs when a rib becomes separated from the costochondral joint (made from cartilage) which is also attached to the breastbone. The area will be very painful, especially when breathing deeply, and it can take several months to fully …

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Bruised Sternum & Sternum Fracture

The sternum is also known as the breast bone. Direct trauma or impact can cause a contusion or in more severe cases a sternum fracture may occur. On this page: Bruised sternum explained Sternum fracture explained Sternoclavicular sprain Bruised sternum A bruised sternum, or sternum contusion as it is also known, occurs after an impact …

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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. Symptoms include a sharp chest pain and shortness of breath. This condition can be caused by a specific injury like broken ribs, or just happen for …

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Bruised Ribs & Rib Fractures

The most common injuries to the ribs are contusions and fractures caused by direct impact. A stress fracture of the rib can also occur. On this page: Rib contusion Rib fracture Stress fracture of the ribs Costochondral separation / Rib separation Bruised ribs Bruised ribs or a rib contusion occurs following a direct impact to …

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