Rib And Chest Pain Specialist

Headache & Pain Center, AMC

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Gray, LA & New Iberia, LA

Pain in your ribs or chest can come from a number of conditions ranging from sore muscles to injured ribs. At Headache & Pain Center, AMC in Gray and New Iberia, Louisiana, board-certified physicians Jimmy Ponder Jr., MD, and Adolfo Cuadra, MD, provide individualized pain management. The team offers a wide range of diagnostics and treatments to effectively relieve your pain. To speak with a doctor about your rib or chest pain, call or book online today.

Rib and Chest Pain Q & A

What causes rib and chest pain?

Rib and chest pain can vary greatly depending on the underlying cause and severity of your condition. Rib and chest pain can range from mild and achy to sharp, burning pain. There’s a wide range of issues that can result in rib or chest pain including:

  • Shingles
  • Heartburn
  • Sore or strained muscles
  • Costochondritis
  • Bruised or broken ribs
  • Lung inflammation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle spasms

In many cases, your pain may be caused by injuries to the ribs or chest. Overuse or repetitive stress can easily strain the soft tissues in your rib or chest, resulting in pain and tenderness. 

You can also experience chest or rib injuries like broken or bruised bone as the result of a fall or other type of accident. 

When should I see a doctor about my rib and chest pain?

You should book an appointment at Headache & Pain Center, AMC whenever you experience severe or unexpected rib or chest pain. The team can help you determine the underlying cause of your pain and the best options for effective relief.  

Certain types of chest pain can be caused by serious underlying conditions like a heart attack or lung disorder. If your chest or rib pain is accompanied by pressure or tightness in your chest or difficulty breathing, you should seek emergency care as soon as possible. 

What should I expect during my visit?

Rib and chest pain can be caused by a number of underlying problems, so an accurate diagnosis is important. During your visit, your doctor performs a thorough examination to determine the cause of your condition. 

In addition to a physical exam and review of your medical history, your doctor may also perform a number of imaging tests to get a detailed view of your ribs and chest. 

Headache & Pain Center, AMC offers a number of advanced diagnostics, including X-rays and MRIs. Your doctor performs a thorough examination to rule out more serious causes of your pain like angina or a collapsed lung. 

After your examination, your doctor works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. 

What treatments are available?

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) 

Headache & Pain Center, AMC offers a wide range of treatments to safely and effectively relieve your pain. To find out which treatment is best for you, book your appointment by phone or online today.