chest wall pain

    • December 11, 2019 at 8:34 pm #32448

      I had a pt sent to me by a PM&R doc. Wants me to DN and cupping for chest wall pain. Pt had CABG in April 2019 and continues to have pain in L pecs lateral to sternum. Very tender to palpation.No pain at incision. Cleared by cardiologist. Pt bends forward to relieve pain. I know I can do the 25 to 50 mm laterally at the Lat Pec homeostatic point. Any other thoughts, suggestions, advice? Needle size, angle?

    • December 11, 2019 at 9:30 pm #32449

      Hey Thomas,

      I really love cupping over these areas. If palpation / compression is noxious give it distraction. This is most likely residual irritation of the anterior emergent point of the anterior primary rami. I would assess the lateral emergent point as well near the mid axillary line. Cupping or gentle skin stretching at this area should work well in these thinner areas.

      For needling, I would trace back and needle the associated thoracic paravertebral level (posterior primary rami).

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