What causes me chest wall pain?


Experiencing a chest wall pain can be a deadly experience, as sometimes it becomes difficult to distinguish between chest wall pain and a heart attack or other heart condition. There are several types of chest wall pain that are associated with musculoskeletal and not to a heart condition


The symptoms of  the chest wall pain can be painful, throbbing and cause pressure, in most cases the sufferers experience worsening of pain upon;

  • Movement of the upper body
  • While taking deep breaths
  • Physical workouts and exertion

The most observed pain of the chest wall is costochondral pain, that involves severe inflammation of the cartilage tissues that connect the rib to the breast bone

 Causes of the chest wall pain

The chest wall pain is most common, most possible causes may include

Injury or trauma: the chest wall pain can occur as a result of sudden injury or direct hit to the chest wall

Arthritis; symptoms of chest wall pain are attached to the damaged joint conditions leading to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Physical strain; symptoms of  chest wall pain are also associated with physical exertions, lifting heavy objects, severe coughing

Infections; the joints of the rib cage can become infected from severe infections that can cause non tolerable pain and swelling

Tumor: non tolerable chest wall pain arises from tumor, that spreads from other parts of the body including lung, thyroid or breast


The physician will conduct several physical examination and advanced imaging techniques to identify the real cause and conditions of your chest wall pain

Physical examination of the chest wall pain usually includes tender physical contact with the;

  • Rear, front and side chest area
  • The chest wall and the lower spine
  • Cervical spine
  • Shoulder

Other physical examination might include;

  • The movement of rib cage
  • Deep breathing
  • Moving the arm

How long does the chest wall pain last?

The symptoms of chest wall pain and discomfort if associated with costchondritis are cured with time without any medications, however the symptoms vary  from patient to patient. Some patients experience reduction in pain within a couple of weeks, however, others may experience pain more than a year. It has been observed that chest wall pain of any kind lasts within a year, however, acute pain lasts within a couple of weeks, if the pain is due to a sudden injury or trauma it can be easily resolved by using traditional home  remedies