Costochondritis Topic Guide
Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of the ribs' junctions to the breastbone or sternum that causes chest pain. Costochondritis symptoms include chest pain and tenderness. Treatment incorporates ice and heat application, anti-inflammatory medications, and avoiding activities that worsen symptoms.
Arthritis Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Arthritis causes include injury, abnormal metabolism (such as gout), inheritance (such as in osteoarthritis), infections (such as in the arthritis of Lyme disease), and an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis [RA] and systemic lupus erythematosus). Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited joint function. Treatment may include pain medications, pain-relieving creams, and dietary supplements.