The intercostal muscles consists of several groups of muscles ((internal and external intercostals and subcostal and transverse thoracic muscles) which are located between the ribs and function to move and stabilise the chest wall.
- Grade I Strain: This is a mild strain and only some muscle fibers have been damaged. Healing occurs within two to three weeks.
- Grade II Strain: This is a moderate strain with more extensive damage to muscle fibers, but the muscle is not completely ruptured. Healing occurs within three to six weeks.
- Grade III Strain: This is a severe injury with a complete rupture of a muscle. This typically requires a surgical repair of the muscle; the healing period can be up to three months.
Once an intercostal muscle strain has been diagnosed, the intial stages of care will be focused on reducing the inflammation and bleeding at the injury site through rest and icing.
Looks Like a level 1 or 2 so this is good news. Just another life challenge in the Journey to cross the English channel.