Costochondritis is caused by the inflammation of the rib cartilage. Medication, breathing exercises and therapy can help cure the problem

If you get chest pain, you should always get it checked out. No, it’s not your heart. It’s something called costochondritis.

Have a look at this. See how your ribcage is made up of ribs and cartilage? Well it’s inflammation of the cartilage joints that can lead to costochondritis. Muscle overuse is a common cause of this condition. Medications can help with the inflammation and the pain you may feel when you cough or breathe deeply.

Reducing the intensity and frequency of muscle use can be a big help, too. And of course, if chest pain recurs, it’s best to get it checked out.