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Is it ok that where my ribs connect to my sternum they pop sometimes? Like popping knuckles. It hurts most of the time until they pop.

Is it ok that where my ribs connect to my sternum they pop sometimes?  Like popping knuckles. It hurts most of the time until they pop.

Yes,it's probably OK: There are joint between your ribs and your sternum that can pop as they move sometimes, and it is not an indication of harm. It is also possible to get costochondritis, or inflammation of those joints, which usually is painful to touch and with movement. If you are having a lot of pain, try low doses of Ibuprofen over the counter for a few days. As with anything, if it doesn't go away see a dr. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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I have pain and popping in my sternum - like muscle pain when I move a certain way but it does not hurt when I press on my sternum. ?

I have pain and popping in my sternum - like muscle pain when I move a certain way but it does not hurt when I press on my sternum. ?

STERNAL AREA PAIN: I SUGGEST YOUR SEE YOUR PCP AND ASK FOR CHEST XRAY AND POSSIBLE RIB SERIES. THIS MIGHT BE A STRUCTURAL PROBLEM WITH YOUR CHEST WALL. IT IS GOOD THAT PAIN IS NOT A PART OF YOUR COMPLAINT. ...Read more

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Sharp, severe upper sternum & popping. Waxes & wanes worse moving breathing leaning forward only hurts to touch when at it's worst not always tender?

Sharp, severe upper sternum & popping. Waxes & wanes worse moving breathing leaning forward only hurts to touch when at it's worst not always tender?

costochondritis: Sounds like you have a case of costochondritis. This can cause severe pain along the sides of the sternum where the ribs attach. It's an inflammatory process and will benefit from anti-inflammatory meds as well as rest. Stop working out for a while and allow your body to heal. ...Read more

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I stretched my arms back, coming down off a wall, my chest made a popping sound. my ribs & sternum hurt when I get up from bed or raise my left arm.

Varies : There are a number of potential causes. There are small joints between the ribs and the sternum and it is possible you injured one or more of them. Don't hesitate to be seen if you don't improve. ...Read more

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What causes cracking and popping in my sternum when i pull my shoulders back?

What causes cracking and popping in my sternum when i pull my shoulders back?

Cartilage : The sound you feel and hear is the joint between your ribs and your sternum. The ribs are joined to the sternum by cartilage and ligaments, just like the other joints in your body. They are supposed to move, and this makes a popping noise. ...Read more

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What causes a popping sensation on the left side of my chest and sternum?NO PAIN.Almost feels like when you crack your neck. PCP says heart ok.

What causes a popping sensation on the left side of my chest and sternum?NO PAIN.Almost feels like when you crack your neck. PCP says heart ok.

Costal cartilage : The most common cause of the popping sensation you describe is separation of the cartilage on the ends of the ribs from the sternum. There are many reasons this can happen but the important fact is that it has no medical significance. occasionally this condition can be accompanied by pain which is best treated with NSAIDs like Ibuprofen. In the absence of pain there is no need to worry. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with costochondritis- but have had awful pain and "popping" in my sternum for going on 3 years now.. Help :/?

I was diagnosed with costochondritis- but have had awful pain and "popping" in my sternum for going on 3 years now.. Help :/?

Chostochondritis: You could have a rib a bit displaced. Go see a doctor of osteopathy (do) who can do osteopathic manipulative therapy (omt). Ask first before you go, though, as not all dos do omt. If you cannot find one, check on: www.Aoa-net.Org for one. ...Read more

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Have I popping sensation when i push on just below my right side of sternum and ribs meet. underneath i have pain sometime when push/pulling?

Have I  popping sensation when i push on just below my right side of sternum and ribs meet. underneath  i have pain sometime when push/pulling?

There is: CARTILAGE there ...a part of the JOINT that exists between your sternum and the front part of your ribs!! This is the same as "cracking" your KNUCKES! STOP IT! you can irritate these joints and THAT causes a condition known as COSTOCHONDRITIS and THAT HURTS when you push/pull!!!! Hope this helps!] DR Z ...Read more