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Noticed sore right ribs, Hurts while sitting or standing. What is causing this and cure?

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I woke up a few days ago and my right rib was sore. I thought it was getting better but when I worked out yesterday, it hurt to do sit-ups and chest flies. Today, it seemed more sore bwhen I woke up, but doesn't seem to be sore when I am not moving.
Posted Thu, 26 Jul 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 4 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
Feeling of soreness in the ribs could be due to an injury or an inflammation in the costochondral joints.
Inflammation of costochondral joints is mostly due to a genetic predisposition. There are some autoimmune disorders also which need to be ruled out for their association like- fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis reactive arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease).
I hope you are not having any problems related to any other joint pains and bowel movements.
Pain killers, antiinflammatory drugs- steroids and lidocaine patch are the main treatments. You need discuss all options available with your orthopedician for proper treatment.
Meanwhile doing a hot compresses will be useful pain relieving measure. You may apply a local analgesic gel on that area.
Avoid doing any exercise till the acute pain subsides.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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