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Costochondritis (cont.)

What Specialists Treat Costochondritis?

Physicians who treat costochondritis include general-medicine doctors, including primary-care physicians, family practitioners, and internists, as well as orthopedists, rheumatologists, and physiatrists. Ancillary health-care professionals who can be involved in the treatment of costochondritis include physical therapists and massage therapists.

What Are Costochondritis Medications?

  • Costochondritis can resolve with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).
  • Costochondritis can be treated with a local anesthetic and steroid injection (such as methylprednisolone [Depo-Medrol] or betamethasone [Celestone]) into the area that is tender if normal activities become very painful and the pain does not respond to other medications.
  • Infectious (bacterial or fungal) costochondritis (rare) is treated with antibiotics.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/20/2016

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