Chest Wall Pain

ExitCare ImageChest wall pain is pain felt in or around the chest bones and muscles. It may take up to 6 weeks to get better. It may take longer if you are active. Chest wall pain can happen on its own. Other times, things like germs, injury, coughing, or exercise can cause the pain.


  • Avoid activities that make you tired or cause pain. Try not to use your chest, belly (abdominal), or side muscles. Do not use heavy weights.

  • Put ice on the sore area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes for the first 2 days.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.


  • You have more pain or are very uncomfortable.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your chest pain gets worse.

  • You have new problems.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • You start to sweat or feel lightheaded.

  • You have a cough with mucus (phlegm).

  • You cough up blood.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.