What Is Chest Wall Pain? – David Feldman, MD – Emergency Medicine

What Is Chest Wall Pain? – David Feldman, MD – Emergency Medicine

January 7, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


– So what is chest wall pain? Chest wall pain is a specific anatomic sort of description of where
chest pain is coming from. So like we talked about earlier, what is chest pain and
what are the common causes? There’s so many organs in the chest area, which is really from the level of just below the level of the clavicles down to the diaphragm, which
is just above the stomach. And they all cause pain
when something’s wrong. The heart, the esophagus,
the lungs, the ribs, and chest wall pain is pain that’s originating from
the organs, essentially, around the chest wall, like the ribs, the lining of the lungs. So we have things like pleurisy, or costochondritis if you have a cough or an upper respiratory
infection recently. It may have some residual discomfort. Or if you’ve fallen and hurt yourself and have a rib contusion, you may not have a fracture, but the contusion is a bruise on the rib and that’ll hurt as well. So things that refer to that anatomic area would be classified as chest wall pain.