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Treating Chronic Pain in Atlanta, GA

Intercostal Neuralgia

The intercostal nerves are located in the muscles beneath your ribcage. When these nerves are compromised, you may feel sudden pain in the chest, beneath the ribs, or when performing an action like sneezing or coughing. This is known as intercostal neuralgia, and it can commonly be caused by a herpes zoster infection (“shingles”) or a surgical incision.

If you’re living with intercostal pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists have non-surgical treatment options that can help you find relief. Our team of doctors, therapists, and physical rehabilitation specialists can provide a thorough assessment of your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan to help you find relief and regain your quality of life.

If you’re ready to take back control of your life from intercostal neuralgia, contact The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists today to schedule an appointment. We will provide you with the resources and guidance you need to reduce pain and regain movement.

Intercostal Pain Treatment in Athens, GA

Treatment & Diagnosis of Intercostal Neuralgia

Intercostal neuralgia is a condition that affects the nerves running between the ribs, causing pain, discomfort, and other symptoms. The condition can present in various forms and levels of severity, ranging from occasional and mild sensations to excruciating, chronic pain. Here's what you need to know about its symptoms and treatments.

Intercostal neuralgia can be characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Pain and discomfort in the chest, ribcage, or upper back
  • Radiating pain or numbness throughout the torso
  • Tingling or burning sensations in the affected area
  • Difficulty breathing and coughing, especially in severe cases
  • Stiffness and muscle spasms around the ribs

The severity and presentation of symptoms may vary greatly depending on the cause of the condition.

Several treatment options are available for intercostal neuralgia, depending on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Common treatments include:

  • Medications : Pain-relieving drugs such as over-the-counter painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxants may help manage mild to moderate symptoms.
  • Physical therapy: Gentle exercises and stretches that target the chest and back muscles can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and prevent muscle spasms.
  • Nerve blocks : A nerve block involves injecting a local anesthetic into the painful area, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort for a few hours or days.
  • Surgery: In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be recommended to relieve pressure on the affected nerves or repair damaged tissue.

It's important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on the cause, severity, and symptoms of your intercostal neuralgia.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes intercostal neuralgia?

Intercostal neuralgia can result from various causes, including chest injuries, nerve inflammation, infections, and degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. In some cases, there may be no apparent cause.

Can intercostal neuralgia be cured?

Intercostal neuralgia is a chronic condition that may require ongoing management, but in many cases, the symptoms can be effectively managed with conservative treatments.

Do you accept insurance for intercostal neuralgia treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for spinal pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area.  Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best chronic pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.