Tietzes Syndrome

by Joe

Tietzes syndrome

I am an amateur boxer and was diagnosed with costochondritis in february of 2011. I rested 6 weeks like the doctor said and began training again with no ill affects at first. 2 weeks after my first fight back from the injury i began to feel pain again..the doctor suggested i rest again..i did and when i returned to exercise it again started hurting this time with swelling on my costochondral attachment.

I've lifted weights around it and did alot of back exercises, skipping out on chest work. eventually creating a muscle imbalance in my back being too strong for the chest. I've taken 2 months off of exercise but my ribs pop multiple times each day...the popping doesn't cause pain, and the swelling has gone...

I am giving it 8-12 weeks this time and if it does not heal i am considering taking HGH because i've heard it is an effective method to heal injuries. What do you think i should do...the pain is not too bad as long as im not exercising, after 1 month i still have daily popping sounds that are not painful, but i can feel pressure on my chest when layin on my belly or doing any kind of pushup. I appreciate any help.

Hello Joe,
I'd try as many things as you can before going on to HGH. Interfering with the body's hormone system can have very serious side effects.

You have typical Tietzes syndrome if the costo-sternal joint was swollen. You don't have a photo by any chance? I'd appreciate a copy.

Odd, boxers usually over exercise the pecs, not neglect them. That could well be the problem.

I find that a midback subluxation is the usual cause of Tietzes syndrome, though a heavy blow to the chest could as well. It's a disturbance of the whole rib, from the sternum to the joints with the spine.

A heavy manipulation, posterior to anterior, will aggravate. A chiropractic "anterior thoracic" adjustment is what will fix it, though the whole rib needs to be addressed.

Don't crack your ribs deliberately, it will become even more unstable. Those constant popping sounds may in fact be the cause of the problem. Have you had too-frequent manipulation of the rib?

Ice massage on the rib-sternal joint will help.

It's a difficult problem, Joe, one that responds well to a regimen I've worked out. I'm trying to summon the energy to put it onto the net for chiropractors who may be interested. Keep watching the Tietzes syndrome page, I'll get up soon.

Kind regards,

Dr B

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Jan 10, 2013
Tietzes Syndrome
by: Anonymous

I went to the emergency room last week for pain in the left of my chest and my left arm panicked that I was going to have a heart attack (which would be highly unlikely because I'm a healthy 19-year-old girl). After many tests, I went home still clueless as to what I had. I then had a follow up appointment with my regular doctor, who told me it was costochondritis. Then, later that day, I realized that the area beneath my left collarbone was swollen and appeared to be a shallow, though rather large-in-area lump. The lump is a little tender to touch. I called my doctor and he said it could be due to the costochondritis. I then did some research of my own about costochondritis which took me to Tietzes syndrome. This must be what I have, even though I don't remember having any trauma to my chest. I've been using a heating pack and ibuprofen for the pain, but I'm finding it extremely hard to avoid lifting things and twisting my body too much (which my doctor would worsen it.) How do I get rid of this? Can I exercise without making it worse? In addition to the pain in my chest and arm, there is now pain in my neck and back. I also have some indigestion (constant rumbling stomach that feels empty even though it's not.) Please help. I have a picture of the swollen area, but am not sure how to attach it here.

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