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Are there exercises you can do to slowly correct a funnel chest?
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: Perhaps
Depending on the depth of the funnel chest upper body exercises can help mask the visibility of the defect.
For example larger pectoral muscles from push ups will help mask not correct the defect.

In brief: Perhaps
Depending on the depth of the funnel chest upper body exercises can help mask the visibility of the defect.
For example larger pectoral muscles from push ups will help mask not correct the defect.
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Dr. Troy Reyna
oftentimes exercise can increase muscle mass of the pectorals. this will sometimes accentuate the defect. but excercise is important especially if there is no discomfort or excercise intolerance.
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Not that i'm aware of.
Something you are born with. Back in the day they used to do surgery for bad ones, but found wasn't needed anymore.

In brief: No
Not that i'm aware of.
Something you are born with. Back in the day they used to do surgery for bad ones, but found wasn't needed anymore.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Not usually
Funnel chest or pectus excavatum is a defect of the chest wall and the ribs and stenrum that form the chest wall.
These structures can be very rigid in an adult and somewhat compliant in an adolescent. Exercise will help flexibility and develop muscle mass but not change the defect. The defect can be treated by a nuss procedure.

In brief: Not usually
Funnel chest or pectus excavatum is a defect of the chest wall and the ribs and stenrum that form the chest wall.
These structures can be very rigid in an adult and somewhat compliant in an adolescent. Exercise will help flexibility and develop muscle mass but not change the defect. The defect can be treated by a nuss procedure.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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