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What is Musculoskeletal Chest Pain, its Causes, Medication, and Treatment ?

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Musculoskeletal Chest Pain is the pain that affects the muscle, joints, tendons, ligaments of the chest area of a body.


Chest pain accounts for 1% to 3% visit to the primary care provider and 21% to 49% of these patients are diagnosed with musculoskeletal chest pain. [1]


-Most common chest pain
-Pain can range from acute to chronic
-Affects all ages, risk increases with age
-Both genders are equally at risk
-Requires a medical diagnosis with rare use of lab tests or imaging
-Usually, resolves in a few days or week’s time


People with this condition are at risk such as costochondritis, panic attack, fibromyalgia, slipping rib syndrome, trauma, muscle injury, muscle strain, sternalis syndrome, Thoracic costovertebral joint dysfunction and chondral cartilage injury (fracture).


Symptoms:


Self-diagnosable
The common symptom includes acute to chronic pain in the chest


People may experience
Pain areas chest, abdomen, pain can also extend to neck and back
Stabbing
Numbness
Shortness of breath
Swelling and tenderness of chest muscles
Weakness
Dizziness
Morning stiffness


Treatment


Self-Care: Stretching, putting ice on chest, healthy diet, regular check-up and follow-up with the health provider.


Medications: Over the counter pain relievers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) helps temporarily, medical diagnosis is required.
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