Rib cage pain

  • Definition

    Rib cage pain includes any pain or discomfort in the area of the ribs.

    See: Chest pain

    Alternative Names

    Pain - rib cage


    With a broken rib, the pain gets worse when bending and twisting the body. Such movement does not cause the pain in those who have pleurisy (swelling of the lining of the lungs) or muscle spasms.

    Common Causes
    • Bruised, cracked, or fractured rib
    • Inflammation of cartilage near the breastbone (costochondritis)
    • Osteoporosis
    • Pleurisy (the pain is worse when breathing deeply)