The #1 Best Fix for Costochondritis (RIB CAGE PAIN)


If you have rib pain or a condition called costochondritis, this one is for you. Learn more about the different causes and remedies for rib pain.

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0:00 Introduction: What to do for rib pain or costochondritis
0:10 What is costochondritis?
0:30 Costochondritis symptoms
0:40 Common treatments for costochondritis
0:50 Potential causes of costochondritis
5:58 The best natural remedy for costochondritis
6:26 The best stretches for costochondritis
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Today, I want to cover the different causes and remedies for rib pain or costochondritis.

The first symptom of costochondritis is chest pain. So, it can sometimes be mistaken as a heart problem. The typical treatments for costochondritis are medications, steroids, or injections.

The cause of costochondritis is considered unknown. However, from my experience, I think there are two primary causes:

1. An old injury to the front chest cavity or an injury in the back part of your ribs or spine.

2. A vitamin D deficiency.

Unilateral sports, like golf, tennis, or baseball, may also lead to this condition. If your pain is on the lower right side of your rib cage, it may be caused by a gallbladder issue. In my opinion, even spending a lot of time in front of a computer could lead to this condition.

One of the best natural remedies for costochondritis is vitamin D. I would take 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day along with 100 mcg of vitamin K2 (the MK7 version).

Certain stretches and exercises may also help with this condition as well as promote relaxation and sleep. The mobility stick or the massage device I created are great tools to help with these stretches.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand costochondritis. I’ll see you in the next video.

Dave McKinnon

  • Halima Shahab says:

    Good morning Dr berg ! Great video thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with the world ❤

  • Rise and Shine says:

    I was doing a lot of cycling at an intense level. My breathing was very hard and over time I must have strained all my intercostal muscles because one day I simply twisted and dislocated a rib. The muscles were so tight they pulled a rib out of my mid back, ouch. Recovery was non existent until 4 weeks later I saw a massive improvement when I stretched the front of my body. Simply bending over backwards on a foam roller immediately helped. I’ve also been massaging my own ribs in the front. The pain was incredible but along with stretching I’ve seen massive improvements. Its funny because i felt no pain in ny ribs until i started massaging inbetween them, but treating and stretching the front has sorted out alot of problems i had in the back.

  • Summer says:

    Dear Dr Berg, I cannot believe today’s video when I watched it. I have a friend who has suffered terribly with much of what you talk about, so I shall be sharing this video with her and I’m sure it will be of great help, as many of your videos have helped my husband after a long hospital stay, and of course myself. Thank you ever so much for sharing your wonderful knowledge with all. Greetings from 🇬🇧

  • Teresa Green says:

    Dr berg, costochondritis is also a symptom of an extremely rare autoimmune disease called relapsing polychondritis, which I suffer from.

  • TirzaAfterWLS says:

    Interesting, I have dealt with pain like this off and on for years. When I had a CAC scan this year it showed degeneration of my thoracic spine 🤔

  • msw0011 says:

    Dr Berg, physician to the World, helping people one patient at a time. Thank you.

  • Dep Maudoofal74 says:

    My goodness this was painful.😢It took a week to heal.

    When I would push on where the pain radiated from (upper left front), immediately, pain would radiate from my upper left back. I really thought I was having a heart attack.

    I never knew what it was until now😊. Thank you doc. ❤❤❤

  • Ada Roberts says:

    I had this years ago in my early 30s. It was so painful I could barely breathe and some nights I would awaken in the middle of the night and wouldn’t be breathing at all because of the pain. I would have to actually force myself to breathe to get oxygen back into my body. I went to 3 different doctors before I got a diagnosis. He gave me anti-inflammatories, steroids and pain meds and I got better fast. I’ve never had another episode, thank God, but I still remember how painful it was and how incapacitated I was. That was over 45 years ago and thankfully, I’m still getting around ok.

  • Iza R says:

    Thank you Dr Berg for this video. For more than 25 years I have suffered from this condition. Never had any diagnosis on this. Nobody really belived me when i described my symptoms. Now I know that I am not a hypocondric person, and my pain is real 🙂

  • Baby Girl says:

    I suffer from this and it’s extremely painful 💔 thank you Dr. Berg your always dropping videos right when I need them💯🙏 when i do some of those exercises i get major Charlie horses and my back locks up!

  • Jane Reygate says:

    Thank you so much for this video! I’m just getting over a bout of lower back ache! I’m wondering if I have sciatica as I can’t seem to recover from it as quickly! But the tightness in my mid back is taking my breath away! Will definitely try these exercises

  • Dark Night EADG says:

    Thank you so much for this video. I had discussed this horrible pain in my lower rib cage for years to my doctors, they check my abdomen and feel nothing unsual. I did have a rib injury decades ago and never thought this condition even existed. Also, I lost 10 lbs since watching your videos and feel good. Thank you!!

  • Sage 222 says:

    My 11 year old daughter suffered greatly from this. We visited a lot of doctors and eventually saw a heart specialist who diagnosed her. Its from inflammation so I found a turmeric extract called curcumin. Shes takes it morning a night and she has zero symptoms. She use to become light headed, nauseous, pale, depressed. It was extreme. She dropped out of all sports. The curcumin saved her life.

  • TRUTHbomb 2.0 says:

    I, as well as 2 other close friends have had acute costochondritis events after overstretching arms out and back, as in an exaggerated yawn. One went to ER in a panic because we are trained that chest pains should automatically make one think heart attack.I’ve had it happen twice after over stretching, now I just never do that and it has not reoccurred.

  • number1angel66 says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing this excellent information! I have been dealing with intermittent rib cage pain for a decade but the only diagnosis has been RA. There are times when it feels like my entire rib cage is in a vice and my breathing becomes extremely shallow due to the pain. I really appreciate all you do! Blessings of love and light to all!

  • Amanda Williams says:

    Thank you for this video. I think mine is a combination of having low vitamin D levels a while back and poor posture. I have been taking vitamin D for several years now and it definitely helps

  • Erin Wood says:

    Thank you for this video. When I was in my teenage years I was a passenger in 2 major car accidents. Didn’t herniate any of my thoracic vertebrae but did herniate L5-S1. Now that I’m older I’ve been getting “heart” pain. Including shortness of breath, lightheaded, feeling weak all of a sudden. I’ve had the whole gamete of testing and my heart is fine. I do have Lupus SLE, Sjogren’s and RA (Yay me). So they’ve called it costochrondritis.
    So they have lumped it into one of these being the reason, basically idiopathic. They have given me nitroglycerin patches, and that seems to help. Wear as needed not daily. But would that have any effect if it was costochrondritis? Or could I have 2 causes of costal pain? It’s confusing

  • Ivan Munin says:

    I’ve been having chest pains in the last two weeks and I was just reading about this yesterday. What are the odds! Thank you, Dr. Berg, for investing so much energy in this channel as I invested so much time watching it! 🤙

  • CJ Claffey says:

    I got this when I was 16 years old from overdoing it in the gym. Except it is in my sternum. Very helpful video.

  • Meeky W. says:

    Thank you Dr. Berg this was very helpful. I was the ER, I went to see my Primary and finally a Cardiologist and none of the 3 Doctors mentioned any of these things.

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