- 06-21-2007, 03:38 AM
since ive been grabbing larger and larger weights at an accelerated rate this last couple months and more so high reps of dips ive been getting what seems to be an increasing problem....
i dont know how many others have experienced (and is part of why im posting to see if this is norm) this so ill do my best to explain.... your sternum is a joint but for most folks it wont pop likeyour knuckles or knees... mine does, and recently ALOT, and the moreits popping the more it hurts, when it happens its like my chest gets really tight and it usually happens when im in my recliner or cradling my lil boy,with my shoulders and chest pressing concave inwards, then when i go to stand up or set him in his rocker/hand off to moms i cant stretch it out it gets very tight and compressed and i have to pull my shoulders back and tip my head back stretching and eventually get a relieving POP, wich then turns to pain for the next little while.
is this norm? have others experienced this? am i gonna tear my sternum if i keep pushin heavier weight at this rate, or is this going to cause permanent damage from constant popping? if anthing else this is just damn annoying and sometimes fairly painful, any remedies?
thanks for any input guys love to hear it but will be taking this up with my doc as well most likely.
- 06-21-2007, 03:47 AM
I have never had this problem personally but know of ppl who have. Anyway I doubt it's going to cause any long term or delayed problems in the future. So I would suggest to man up! Seriously though perhaps you should try stretching more often specifically before, during, and after you train chest. Perhaps look into Yoga as this has helped a friend of mine with the same problem. Also you may want to take some time off, or perhaps change your training style. Use a slower tempo, or try a different exercise.
06-21-2007, 03:49 AM
06-21-2007, 03:59 AM
I also thought it could be your range of motion, I am a big fan of using as much range as possible for the lift. It allows for the entire muscle group to work through its natural movement under tension. I have found that this allows for better mobility as you gain size. It also works the ligaments and tendons allowing for better stability in the joints.
06-21-2007, 04:07 AM
06-21-2007, 04:14 AM
Yes that makes since. I would lower the weight and slow the tempo. Keep using the same ROM just without as much weight and a slower movement. I think it will not only stop the issue, but allow you to resume heavier weight at a faster pace without the return of the problem.
Except I would first take some time off, and then incorporate those ideas. JMO
06-21-2007, 04:25 AM
06-21-2007, 11:02 AM
I actually have had the exact same problem. My sternum will pop and like you said, if I am sitting with my shoulders forward and my chest concaved in, when I stand up it will pop.
A few months, maybe a year ago, It popped and actually hurt the day after and for a while after. I couldn't do any exercises that would stretch my rib cage out too much. Like seated DB tricep extensions (Don't even know if thats the right term for that exercise, I'm talking behind the head DB tricep exercises.) It was almost like I had tendonitis in my sternum. And it would get painful. Eventually I had switched my workout around to where I could get a workout in without pain. And just avoided exercises that would aggravate the problem. I believe there is actually a medical term for the condition, I googled it and the treatment was just like any other tendonitis problem.
But, everything is ok now. It will still pop, like in the morning when I push my chest out. People would think I was crazy when I would tell them about it. But I have no more pain in it. I still get nervous when doing exercises that stretch out my sternum alot.
06-21-2007, 11:06 AM
06-21-2007, 11:29 AM
if you are experiencing the pain you indicate - you might want to see a physician to make sure your zyphoid process is in tack.
06-21-2007, 11:41 AM
Hey bro, I had something similar. I had to see a bunch of docs, because the pain got to be excruciating all the time. The chief of Orthopedics where I was at was the only one that had a clue what it was, and said it was (not sure of spelling) costochondritis (maybe costalchondritis). For me it only got worse and worse. I remember it hurting the most on the eccentric portion of back movements. Read through this...
06-21-2007, 12:56 PM
I get this to poops. On flat db bench my chest will pop it doesn't hurt then it actually feel good like it has loosed up something. Only Time it feel bad is on dips it feels like theres a pressure pushed on my chest. It is defintly a wierd feeling.
06-21-2007, 02:57 PM
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06-21-2007, 02:58 PM
06-21-2007, 03:43 PM
When I get time i'll read that linbk super posted
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06-21-2007, 04:21 PM
06-21-2007, 04:58 PM
Guys, this is interesting.
How would y'all describe this "pop"? Does it actually make a noise? Does it hurt?
I've gotten a sudden pressure like sensation right at my sternum a couple of times before. It hits suddenly for like a second, then immediately goes away. It might come back a couple more times. I also get some pain on the right side of my chest when I move certain ways.
Anyone get anything like that?
06-21-2007, 05:06 PM
my sternum pops all the time prolly 3-4 times a day...i just roll my shoulders back and it cracks and pops all the time...no pain...it feels good actually relieves pressure...saw a doc. about it a year ago, he said it was normal for this to happen with athletic and active people, he said he had seen it many times....i dont think you should have anything to worry about unless it hurts a lot.
06-21-2007, 05:09 PM
Sometimes when I wake up in the morning it happens. Depends on how I lay in the bed.
06-21-2007, 05:14 PM
The freakouts were real bad, the wife would get real scared and got teary eyed one time. I felt like I was paralized with a burning sternum pain as soon as i'd wake up. Def. wasn't pleasent
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06-21-2007, 05:58 PM
At one point several months ago I could pop mine by doing a Fly weight like motion. It would hurt sometimes but then it would not, but it would make a loud popping noise. One thing I also noticed was when I sneezed it would hurt my chest bad.
It has since gone away and all I have been doing is exercising. You guys are already to that point but it seemed to help me.
06-21-2007, 06:22 PM
Yea I fly my arms backwards in a quick snap motion and pops my sternum. It has become normal to me just like popping my knuckles.
06-22-2007, 01:02 AM
n savage it sounds like a small pop sometimes but then sometimes its touch and saounds like a crack almost like a really loud neck popping.... or back popping but no i have never had some corresponding rib pain....
the only time i ever had rib pain was when i broke a rib having ground n pound sex with my current wifey while we were drunk... true story.
06-22-2007, 01:21 AM
06-22-2007, 01:25 AM
06-22-2007, 01:26 AM
lol im not sure how it happened...... all i know is i felt a dull pop and the next day i couldnt breath when it came to sobering up.
06-22-2007, 04:28 AM
I have something similar. Sometimes it pops just once when I pull my shoulders back but sometimes it is really gnarly and sounds like the sternum is ripping apart from something. I can feel it almost slowly separating from the top of my sternum until it reaches the bottom. The accompanying sound is nasty. It is however very relieving and is not painful.
06-22-2007, 12:01 PM
Not trying to be a **** whatsoever, but maybe this thread could get some more hits in the exercise science one? Maybe create another there?
You might be able to get some more of the physical training guru's to take a peek at what's goin on... hope all works out for you though - and don't overlook seeing a doctor! Play it safe if you can.
03-13-2008, 09:09 PM
Hey is this thread still live!
I have been having the similar sternum popping noise. I had been in contact with BigVrunga but there were not too many people on that site. I would like to know if others are still having this issue.
Every week or so I see more hits of people who are now experiencing this pain. Has anyone gotten to the bottom of this? I keep trying new things but can't say that anything has worked effectively. The Cissus Quadrangularis did help some but not enough.
Originally my pain came from weighted dips. Not that I was ever the World's Strongest man but I had made good gains. I never knew that my range of motion would ultimately be my demise.
03-13-2008, 09:16 PM
its funny, dips is what caused this for me as well.
I no longer have the constant popping or incredible pain from getting a really big pop, but everyonce in a while while doing DB presses ill get a pop mid lift but no pain or anything.
pretty much just stop doing dips dude, I dunno if dips will do this to everyone or maybe I was just going to heavy, too deap, or too high of volume but thats def what did it to me so I will stick to a variance of other exercises in order to accomplish the same developement I get with that one exercise. eventually I think your pain and poping will subside and youll be in the boat of occasional pops with the rest of the guys that Ive talked to bout having this in the past. Good luck and I feel your pain brother.
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