Call the doctor for any of the following symptoms:
Go to a hospital's emergency department if you have difficulty breathing or any of the following symptoms occur. These symptoms are generally not associated with costochondritis:
Treatment involves conservative local care with careful use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen as needed.
Local heat or ice may be helpful in relieving the symptoms.
Avoid unnecessary exercise or activities that make the symptoms worse. Avoid contact sports until there is improvement in symptoms, and then return to normal activities only as tolerated.
Because inflammatory costochondritis has no definite cause, there is no good way to prevent it.
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