I stretched my chest today with my arms outstretched horizontally and I heard a cracking or popping kind of noise. the kind you hear when you crack your knuckles. The only thing is is that it came directly from the center of the chest where the sternum is located (in between my pecs). I have had chest pain from getting hit in that area for about 2 weeks now and it has gotten better. I don't recall ever hearing this sound from the chest area.
Just wondering if you guys are willing to try the same thing i did so I can find out if this is normal.
What to do:
1 Sit or stand with a straight back
2 slowly start arching your back a little bit towards the back and outstretch your arms so that you feel a stretch in the inner chest area.
3 Listen for a cracking sound that's origin is from the inner chest area
4 Leave your truthful response if you did or did not hear a cracking/popping sound.
Thanks for your replies. I just want to figure out if my chest might be slightly fractured.
Thread: Cracking in Chest Area
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Yea I have it as well....prolly from football or something since a lot of people say that have it from some sort of blunt force.
But yea...stretch out the arms, extend the trunk, lean back, and pop. I don't have any pain with it though. Mine's more of a relief.Universal Log (Stak, Pump, Flex, Cuts)
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I was in the military, and working out in the gym without a spotter. Had alot of weight on the bar, during a bench press and u can pretty much get the picture from there what came next. Anyway, I suffered a fractured sternum, and even though I healed up later, for years afterwards everytime I would stretch any part of my upper body my chest would make that popping noise. At first it hurt a little, but gradually it got better. What I started doing after a few years of going through this, was trying to make my chest pop on purpose, just to get that good stretch, and get that pop out of the way. Needless to say, it did get better and now my chest doesn't pop anymore. So if are experiencing this sensation, try popping your chest on a regular basis with a good stretch, and eventually it will probably go away!
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This noise is very similar in nature to popping your knuckles, but it occurs in the sternocostal joint (where the ribs and sternum connect).
Though it's not really a problem, it typically occurs when one or more of the ribs are subluxated and not articulating with the vertebrae perfectly.
My experience is that is can be remedied (about 99% of the time) with chiropractic adjustments to the appropriate (subluxated) ribs and vertebrae.
If you can't get to a chiropractor (though I'd really recommend it), try rolling on a foam roller on a regular basis. That's the next best thing to getting your thoracic spine adjusted.
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Hey man i have a question. I was boxing and got hit in the chest on the left side, at first i was cool, but later, i had a sharp pain when i would breath and would hear a poping or cracking in my chest. Its been like a week now and it hurts like mad, does anyone know any information about how to fix this?!?!
05-20-2013, 05:37 PM #17
I can do the exact same thing, even in class when my back is feeling sore and i decide to lean back and stretch out, the center of my chest ends up cracking.
Recently however if it does not crack when i stretch back , on my way back to my regular posture it starts to hurt a LOT and lately it has been hurting but more to the left side of where the cracking occurs, I am not sure whether it is bone or muscle thats causing this problem but i rub the painful area and it feels like the muscle is sore but at the same time how can that be the case if there is cracking linked with my back and my chest.
Really worried about this, anyone know anything regarding this problem? thanks
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