Osteoarthritis of ribs occurs with aging, similar to other osteoarthritis of joints. Each rib is attached to the joint of breast bone in front and spine at the back. Osteoarthritis is also known as wear and tear arthritis. He told me I had "arthritis in my ribs" and the pain/discomfort was simply referred pain. My GP thought the pain was more in line with a fibrocystic breast so she sent me to a breast specialist/surgeon. He assured me that my breast was normal & again said it was probably "arthritis in the ribs.".
Arthritis and Breast Pain. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged. Some kinds of arthritis can also cause problems in your organs, such as your eyes or skin. Read more on MedlinePlus.gov. Pain can range from minor.