Costochondritis (RIB CAGE PAIN) is NOT What You Think – Dr. Berg


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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Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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


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  1. @thehiltongirl on November 5, 2023 at 10:30 am

    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 🇬🇧

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 7:24 pm

      Great 👍 Dr Berg made more videos on this subject and from different viewpoints. Totally amazing.

  2. @msw0011 on November 5, 2023 at 11:00 am

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

    • @Drberg on November 5, 2023 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Happy to help you all.

    • @pinkformarie on November 14, 2023 at 9:40 pm

      Seriously Eric , you are an amazing ,generous, gifted individual, aka Doctor ‼️🌞💯👑🎺

    • @demetra8023 on November 16, 2023 at 8:41 am

      @@DrEricBergDCwhat about a crushed L5 vertebrae from a car accident in 2013ish?? Could it be that or the liver?

  3. @babygirl3615 on November 5, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    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!

    • @Drberg on November 5, 2023 at 12:39 pm

      No problem. Glad to share this video.

    • @chipper3132 on November 5, 2023 at 12:45 pm

      100% .. Me too. 😢

    • @cesarramos7136 on November 5, 2023 at 2:59 pm


    • @ludwigstenberg1050 on November 6, 2023 at 6:22 pm

      Have you heard of the backpod?

    • @babygirl3615 on November 6, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      @@ludwigstenberg1050 No, I haven’t

  4. @fenderblue9485 on November 5, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    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!!

  5. @number1angel66 on November 5, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    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!

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 7:34 pm

      Dr Berg’s videos /articles on RA, on pain, on absorption of vitamin D, ect , may also help.

  6. @erinwood4968 on November 5, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    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

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 7:36 pm

      Dr Berg’s videos /articles on old injuries , on pain, on absorption of vitamin D, ect, may help.

  7. @vansmunin on November 5, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    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! 🤙

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 8:03 pm

      He’s made more on pain in this area. And on absorption of vitamin D.

  8. @litazmojo8069 on November 5, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    No other Doctor like you Doctor Berg. Thank you so very much for deliver another amazing daily video❤

  9. @cgkuch4184 on November 5, 2023 at 9:22 pm

    I use a Shakti acupressure mat. It takes a little getting used to however it works for me. I actually fall asleep within 5 minutes and have my wife time me for 20 minutes each use. The mat uses thousands of tiny spikes to stimulate the body’s pressure points. It is designed to help relax tense muscles, reduce stress and tension, improve circulation, and promote overall wellbeing. It’s a form of Chinese medicine for centuries.

    • @franceskoonce5723 on November 6, 2023 at 2:14 am

      I love my mat!

  10. @user-in9cq9qr3u on November 6, 2023 at 2:02 am

    Dr. Berg you help me so much!! I am suffering with this currently. Yesterdays video about beef and purple cabbage I had it for dinner last night I felt awful yesterday. Today it helped me so much. Tonight my inflammation from Rheumatoid Arthritis has subsided and I feel better today! Thank I appreciate you so much!

  11. @sitascott8446 on November 6, 2023 at 2:46 am

    I get this sometimes. Glad to see you talking about it. I did go to the hospital before I knew what it was

  12. @DStrayCat69 on November 6, 2023 at 4:12 am

    Wow! I’ve been experiencing, what I have thought of as a Hernia, in my rib cage, in the front. In 2007, I was crushed at work where a 2500# I-beam was knocked over on me. I experienced a broken back and 5 broken ribs, in my back… This video explains a lot. I don’t know if your description explains all of my problems, but I think it covers enough… Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 8:16 pm

      He’s made more videos on different parts of the situations you describe here. You may want to look his videos on old injuries, on absorption of vitamin D , on pain, ect.

  13. @GloryBe123 on November 6, 2023 at 5:20 am

    I had this when I had a horrible bout of bronchitis and was coughing deeply and for long periods of time. The pain drove me to the ER with the Doctor saying it was costochrondritis….when finally recovered from the bronchitis the pain eventually disappeared but oh it was so painful to even breathe. BTW, after getting bronchitis 1-3 x a year, and covid after a full three month bout of the bronchitis totaling 4.5 months of miserable sickness, i did my research and went on a supplement regiment with antioxidants and D3, K2, and many others i think around 18 of them, i have not had an upper respiratory infection for 3+ years! And of course prayer. It all works! What a freedom from illnesses!

  14. @nordan00 on November 6, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Had it sometimes at night as a little boy. Thought I was having heart attacks! Family always told me it was just growing pains!

  15. @deannadoes6575 on November 6, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    I had bronchitis 7 years ago, and since I coughed so hard during that time that it caused me to have this issue on my lower right rib. If I laugh too hard or cough too much or breathe/move a weird way, it still hurts in that same spot. It can be kinda annoying sometimes. I also had a fall 2 years before bronchitis that caused me to start a journey of back pain, I didn’t think it could have added to my rib pain till now.

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 7:29 pm

      Dr Berg’s videos /articles on old injuries and on absorption of vitamin D may help.

    • @nothanks830 on January 5, 2024 at 3:54 pm

      My ribs pop a lot. I just ignore it lol

  16. @claudial1240 on November 7, 2023 at 7:05 am

    Thank you Dr Berg for the wonderful video. I have had this condition a few years ago, it’s more under control at the moment but at the time i was so scared and an overnight stay in hospital with a million heart test’s found nothing. The pain was excruciating, once my doctor diagnosed me and I started to do my own research (doctor wanted me on Endone, I said no way!) I was able to heal myself with nightly stretches of the spine, it took a while but was worth it. Vitamin D also helped as well.

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 7:32 pm

      Awesome 👏

  17. @floringeorge5349 on November 7, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Again, another great direction towards great health improvement.
    Thank you, dear doctor!

  18. @mentallycrafted on November 8, 2023 at 9:22 am

    I kid you not i just got pain on my right side rib cage area. I had 3 fractured ribs on that side and a out of place collar bone. And this video came out a few days after the pain started. Praise Yahuah! And thank you Dr. Berg for being for the people! It’s gotten better but still there.

    • @Helenegardener on November 9, 2023 at 8:11 pm

      Ok! Dr Berg’s videos /articles on injuries and on absorption of vitamin D may also help.

  19. @janetdiaz8916 on November 8, 2023 at 10:47 am

    One thing my soft touch therapist suggested. To do tasks from both sides. For eg. Shoveling snow, half the time using left arm, and half using right. Painting, sweeping, scrubbing, etc.

  20. @kaitlynbree2122 on November 17, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    Indeed. I had this and “fixed myself” by rolling on a lacrosse ball throughout my thoracic spine.

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