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What is Intercostal Neuralgia?

Description of the disease

Intercostal neuralgia is a syndrome characterized by acute or stabbing pain in the intercostal spaces. Most often, neuralgia occurs due to irritation of the intercostal nerves.


  • Traumatic intercostal neuralgia
  • Compression intercostal neuralgia
  • Chemical intercostal neuralgia


The main symptom of intercostal neuralgia is acute, stabbing pain in the intercostal spaces, worsening with breathing, coughing, and torso movements. Numbness and burning in the area of the affected nerve may also be noted.


The causes of intercostal neuralgia may include injuries related to rib fractures, compression of the nerves, and chemical irritation of nerve endings.


Neurological tests, X-rays, MRI, or CT scans are used for diagnosis.


Treatment may include the use of medications, physical therapy, massage, and in severe cases, surgical intervention.


For prevention, it is recommended to avoid traumatic situations, choose supportive underwear correctly, and lead a healthy lifestyle.


Neurologist is involved in the treatment of intercostal neuralgia.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.