Rib-breastbone joint. Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. A doctor can evaluate pain or stiffness associated with cracking noises.
Trauma. Most commonly from direct blunt trauma.
I have a strange pain or discomfort coming from my breast bone. I stretched, heard a pop or crack and it's been sore ever since.?
Subluxation. Hi ChrisF689 Sounds like you may have a slight separation or subluxation of one of the joints between ribs and sternum. Or even more common, where the 'floating' ribs connect to each other along the lower margin. Antiinflammatory, Ice and some gentle manipulation may help. If it continues, or your have any shortness of breath, see your practitioner.
Chest pain. Chest pain can be due to an heart attack, esophagitis, acid reflux, musculoskeletal problems, gall bladder disease, pericarditis, pneumonia, pleurisy etc. Check with your doctor.
A number of things. You should see a doctor if it doesn't go away soon. It can range from costochondritis to gastritis or worse.
Costochondritis. While that is one of the possible causes, there are others. So you are best served by visiting your doctor to make sure it isn't something worse. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/costochondritis/ds00626.
Reflux. These symptoms are most likely due to gastro-esophageal reflux, or gerd/heart burn. I would discuss your symptoms with your provider.
Nerve compression. If the pain is traveling along a rib from the back to the chest this could be due to nerve compression or irritation. If there is a rash in the area with sores then this could be shingles. If the pain persists for more than a few weeks without any rash then go get checked out by your doc.
Several reasons. Costochondritis a benign inflammation of one or more of the costal cartilages. Heart attack: a sudden and sometimes fatal occurrence of coronary thrombosis, typically resulting in the death of part of a heart muscle. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Truma to the bone could result in fracture. Arthritis could cause pain in the area.
Xyphodynia. That's a painful process involving the cartilage below the sternum. See a pain anesthesiologist. Get your pcp to refer you.