I quit working out so vigorously about a year ago and I am experiencing a consistent popping, painful sternum. Every time i raise my arms over my head or push out my chest it hurts, once it pops, it will pop every time I stand up straight or raise my arms over my head. My doc told me that it could be a dislocated rib. I found that if I don’t try to pop it, my sternum feels better but I like to straighten myself out every now and then so im not so slouched over and that causes pain. Also when I do work out now it pops. When I do sit ups it hurts and feels like it is going to pop, until it finally does, then I feel better. its a vicious cycle. do I need to get a x-ray or do anything about i? my doc said things like this usually work their way back if it is a dislocated rib, but that was like 6 months ago.
For any fracture or dislocation to heal, it needs to be immobilized. If you continue to exercise it may not heal. And investigations like X-rays and CT scans will help clinch the diagnosis. Take OTC pain medications like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Place ice over the painful area every 1-2 hrs for pain relief. Practice breathing exercises. Try sleeping on the injured side to alleviate the pain. But please consult your primary care physician for evaluation of pain.
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