U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 55-year-old female asked:

Doing arm dips and hit my chest hard on the seat, it took my breath away, now hurts from my chest all the way to my back. taking aspirin and resting,

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Rest.: Apparently you hit your chest really hard. If this doesn't get better with rest, see your doctor to make sure there isn't worse damage.
Dr. Vernon Barton
General Practice 53 years experience
Contusion of chest: I imagine 'arm dips' is a pushup type exercise and you slipped and hit your anterior chest on the seat. That would cause bruising at best, maybe even sprain of your costochondral joint/s or even a fracture/crack in one or more ribs. Bruising usually means broken or torn something. Breathing or movement will cause pain until these have healed, 2-8 weeks, i'd guess. No 'dips' until healed.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Apr 2, 2013


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.