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Chest Pain

Apart from potential emergencies such as a heart attack and angina, chest pain can be caused by many other dysfunctions.
Rib and spinal misalignment is a very common cause of pain in the chest. It can include dysfunction of the clavicle, or collar bone. An osteopathic assessment includes examination of the whole chest including ribs, sternum and diaphragm, and correction of misalignments.

Inflammation in the rib cartilage, or costochondritis, gives a very localised pain near the sternum which is tender to the touch.

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) can cause chest pain, or 'heartburn' as a result of an inappropriate diet or eating habits. Diet and nutrition is helpful in prevention of GORD.

Anxiety and panic attacks can appear as chest pain or tightness.

Lung problems such as pneumonia or pleurisy may be painful.

Other types of chest pain can be referred from organs near the chest, such as the gall bladder or stomach.
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