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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Indented Sternum (Overview)

An indented sternum is a clinical finding in which the sternum (the bone in the center of the chest between the breasts) is concave, appearing pushed into the chest.


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I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can use to open up my sternum?

I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can use to open up my sternum?

No not really.: Exsercise and good poster are important but these measures will not correct your indented sternum (or pectus excavatum or funnel chest). The chest wall deformity is due to an abnormal growth pattern of the ribs and sternum. Depending on the severity and associated symptoms (shortness of breat, pain) there are surgical remedies for the condition (ravitch procedure, nuss procedure). ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
11 doctors shared insights

Indented Sternum (Overview)

An indented sternum is a clinical finding in which the sternum (the bone in the center of the chest between the breasts) is concave, appearing pushed into the chest.


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Will stretching help get rid of my indented sternum?

Will stretching help get rid of my indented sternum?

No: Generally it is a developmemntal deformity in the chest wall called as pectus.Small deformities can be left alone but deep caving of the sternal area inwards may compromise the space for heart to function. These needs to be corrected surgically. ...Read more

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I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can use to open up my sternum?

No not really.: Exsercise and good poster are important but these measures will not correct your indented sternum (or pectus excavatum or funnel chest). The chest wall deformity is due to an abnormal growth pattern of the ribs and sternum. Depending on the severity and associated symptoms (shortness of breat, pain) there are surgical remedies for the condition (ravitch procedure, nuss procedure). ...Read more

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Will stretching help get rid of my indented sternum?

No: Generally it is a developmemntal deformity in the chest wall called as pectus.Small deformities can be left alone but deep caving of the sternal area inwards may compromise the space for heart to function. These needs to be corrected surgically. ...Read more

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Will lifting weights help get rid of an indented sternum ?

Sorry but no: Your sternum is where your chest muscles (pectorals) attach but there's no muscle there per se to increase w/exercise. If the appearance really bothers you, talk to a thoracic surgeon but unless it's causing you medical problems, it's unlikely s/he will recommend any surgery, and even less likely that insurance will cover this cosmetic procedure.Try to focus on all your other accomplishments! ...Read more

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Will lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [pectus]?

Will lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [pectus]?

Pectus & exercise: It is not likely that working out will significantly improve pectus excavatum. However, exercise is very beneficial for improving your health and lung function. In mild cases of pectus, developing pectoralis muscles will help cover-up the caved-in deformity of the sternum caused by the pectus excavatum. ...Read more

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Can lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [hole in chest]?

Can lifting weights help get rid of my indented sternum [hole in chest]?

No: You have no muscle over your sternum. Building up muscle on each side will accentuate a defect, not hide it. Talk to your doctor about medical or surgical options. ...Read more

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I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can increase muscle mass on my sternum?

I have an indented sternum. Are there any workouts that I can increase muscle mass on my sternum?

Sorry but no: Your sternum is where your chest muscles (pectorals) attach but there's no muscle there per se to increase w/exercise. If the appearance really bothers you, talk to a thoracic surgeon but unless it's causing you medical problems, it's unlikely s/he will recommend any surgery, and even less likely that insurance will cover this cosmetic procedure.Try to focus on all your other accomplishments! ...Read more