Sep 20, 2017 I am 64 and am trying to get back into shape. Haven't exercised in the last 4 years and I am 30 lbs overweight. Tried to do dips right off and it was inevitable: felt a pop in middle of my chest. I've had bruised ribs before after a bike accident and I know how long it takes to recover from chest-rib injury. It took 6 months before I could cough and not feel any remnants of pain. I took ibuprofen for two months to take the edge off the stabbing nature of the pain when you try to get in or out of bed. How long will it take to recover from costochondritis? Do I take ibuprofen to alleviate the pain and exercise through it? I get the impression the ibuprofen is masking the pain and the injury is still there. But if the ibuprofen reduces the inflammation so I feel no pain, it's OK to exercise through it? Or do I take ibuprofen for a couple of weeks and rest completely? I really want to start working out immediately. So far the pain has been lingering on for a week. Doesn't seem to get better each day.