Physical therapy is a treatment modality aimed at making it easier to perform daily activities. It may be used for pain management, mobility issues, muscle strengthening, coordination and flexibility. Health issues and disease processes such as back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, costochondritis and tendon or ligament issues may improve with treatment by a physical therapist.
Physical therapy is available in a variety of locations, such as a hospital, clinic, school, fitness setting, nursing home or your own home. The physical therapist will do an evaluation to determine a treatment plan that may include core strengthening exercise, ultrasound, manual therapy, electrical stimulation and hot or cold packs.
For costochondritis, the goal is for musculoskeletal chest pain relief and the return to pain-free deep breathing and a full range of motion. Physical therapy for costochondritis will likely include the use of heat packs for muscle and cartilage relaxation and gentle stretching of the chest muscles. A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to reduce inflammation and pain may be ordered by your doctor.