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bwc
04-11-2007, 02:49 PM
After doing Squats, I was doing Leg Presses last week, moderately heavy with good form. Out of nowhere on my 3rd set, 6th rep, I felt and heard a "snap" in my lower left rib cage. Not painful, felt like a slight cramp.

I did 2 more reps and could feel something was wrong so I stopped to prevent further damage. I haven't trained since, waiting for it to go away. It's not too painful I only feel it when I "lean" on that part of my body and when I wake up there's some pain. I can't do a crunch without it hurting.

Anyone experience or seen this happen before?

Talked to someone more experienced and he said "that's why I never go too low doing Leg Presses and maybe it's fractured but it doesn't seem to bother you too much so it probably isn't." I was not going any lower than I normally do.

I would go for xray but I don't have insurance right now and besides they can't do anything for it either way so in my mind it's not worth getting one.

thanks in advance

dexterium
04-11-2007, 04:55 PM
Need to go to the doctor man. We aren't doctors :P

TheDiplomats
04-11-2007, 07:16 PM
I think your diagnosis of a cracked/fractured rib would be correct. If you aren't going to the doctor, then I'd recommend avoiding any exercises inside that area until it is no longer tender/painful to use.

You are correct though. Even if you go to the doctor and they tell you that your rib is bruised, cracked, or broken; they will just give you pain meds. The only real problem is if the rib is dislocated which it is clearly not.

Exod
04-12-2007, 02:28 PM
I actually had something similar happen. I didn't hear a crack and didn't realize I had damaged my ribs until next time I tried using the leg press and it hurt just to have my knees touching my ribs. I just layed off the leg press for 3-4weeks and resumed slowly.

vegasdsm
04-12-2007, 03:09 PM
i had a cracked rib, kept workin out for 2 weeks... coughed on a friday night and snapped the rib, as well as tore my oblique muscle..

after having 12+ hours of severe muscle spasms of my abs/obliques and lat muscle, i was rushed to the emergency room...

i havent lifted any weight in over 30 days, it really sux....

i've been off muscle relaxers and pain killers for 20 days.

pain is tolerable, however, rest is the only way to repair cracked/broken ribs..

anuheakane
04-15-2007, 06:33 PM
About 2 weeks ago I had the exact same situation - Squat first, then Leg press, then something snapped on my rib, too. It got more noticably painful the following week.

Dr. did X-ray and didn't see any fracture. She recommended taking higher dose of ibuprofen and lay off lifting until it goes away. Icyhot and Flexall seem to help.

Around the same time I may have injured rotator cuff slightly...quite disappointing that I can't lift (been bluking) or surf as usual. Hopefully it'll go away soon. Bros, I hear that frustration of not being able to workout!

jamesh23
04-15-2007, 06:49 PM
dont worry about it, unless it punctured your lung lol in that case you would cough up blood i fractured mine about 5 weeks ago, nd it would hurt when i woke up and hurt if i leaned to that side or got hit there or squeezed, i went to the doc, nd he told me it prolly was broken, nd i could get an xray if i wanted but it woudl be a waste of time cuz they cant do anything anyway, and like 4 weeks later it was fine it didnt hurt anymore idk if it was broken or what.

tomterp
04-16-2007, 05:35 AM
go to a doctor

brettbags
04-16-2007, 09:24 AM
Yeah, definetly see a doctor, you wouldn't want the bone healing in a bad position. And drink more milk lol.

dieeiervonsatan
04-16-2007, 09:55 AM
Need any other reasons not to leg presses.

Squats, OH squats, front squats, lounges.... any compound movenment with a bar > machines.

prolificdavid
07-24-2007, 07:13 AM
Something similar to this happened to me this morning Doing squats, down low and I heard a pop from the left ribs almost like a loud knuckle cracking. Not sure if it's a rib or a serratus pull (if such a thing is likely) or what. Right now (four hours later) it only gives a twinge if I bend toward it, so maybe I'll try my next workout and hopefully things'll be okay and I don't have to lay out. Right now it feels manageable.

*crosses fingers*

WiliamBurkowitz
07-24-2007, 10:58 AM
Most likely it is not fractured/broken. I dont see how your rib coupld possibly fracture doing squats and leg presses.

Most likely it is the mucle around it that was damaged.

The only thing you can do is rest for 2 months for it to go away.

I sprained my rib not too long ago sparring with a friend. and it was a bitch.. fukin thing didnt fully heal for like 3 months.

I went to the doc after a few days and he said that the only thing that would prevent me from working out is the pain, but that it was up to me. There was no serious damage done.

Go to the doc anyway.

prolificdavid
07-24-2007, 12:20 PM
I'm guessing that, in the future, warm ups should include some light pullovers or something.

I do stretch before anything, ride the bike a bit to get the temperature up, and then have warm up sets before any early work sets.

This was during the last work set, and I still got in two more reps without difficulty so much as just surprise. We'll see what happens during the next workout; then I'll decide about rest.

prolificdavid
09-17-2007, 07:51 AM
Doing a Google search led me back to this thread, so I figured I'd post the update.

Yeah -- turned out I have a fractured rib. I continued workouts after this July episode and August 25 was lifting and heard that knuckle-cracking sound again from the left rib area. This time, there was real pain and I couldn't continue. Got some X-rays a few days later and, yep, fractured 8th rib.

I'm supposed to get another X-ray after four weeks, and it's been three weeks now and it's still uncomfortable: hard to find a sleeping position, sitting in slightly off positions to compensate has made my back start hurting, etc. And laying off exercise really sucks. I'm taking extra calcium, I'm doing the breathing exercises, but there doesn't really seem to be much to do except wait it out.

nike103103
09-17-2007, 08:54 AM
I had something like this happen twice! The first time I woke up and it felt like I had a cramp in my side, it didnt hurt, it was just a nusence. After a while it got worse and then I couldnt even lift. I laid of the liftin for a few months and it got better, than about a year after the same thing! I felt a cramp, and I was doing side laterial raises on the cables and "pop". It hurt! I couldn't breath in all the way and there was a hard lump on my ribs. I went to the doc and got an x-ray. He said there was nothing wrong, huh? I never found out what has happened because the doc couldn't find anything wrong so I am still baffled to this day : /

prolificdavid
09-18-2007, 09:51 AM
That sounds about right. But if the X-ray didn't show a fractured rib, it might've been an intercostal strain. But, yeah -- it sucks. And you don't realize how much you use your torso until it's injured.

cgh
09-18-2007, 11:26 AM
How the hell does a rib break doing leg excersizes?

gjohnson5
09-18-2007, 11:29 AM
You are doing leg presses with the back pad raised too high
People do that to make it look like they are lifting more weight

Lower the angle on the back pad so your torso won't be so compressed in the leg press...


After doing Squats, I was doing Leg Presses last week, moderately heavy with good form. Out of nowhere on my 3rd set, 6th rep, I felt and heard a "snap" in my lower left rib cage. Not painful, felt like a slight cramp.

I did 2 more reps and could feel something was wrong so I stopped to prevent further damage. I haven't trained since, waiting for it to go away. It's not too painful I only feel it when I "lean" on that part of my body and when I wake up there's some pain. I can't do a crunch without it hurting.

Anyone experience or seen this happen before?

Talked to someone more experienced and he said "that's why I never go too low doing Leg Presses and maybe it's fractured but it doesn't seem to bother you too much so it probably isn't." I was not going any lower than I normally do.

I would go for xray but I don't have insurance right now and besides they can't do anything for it either way so in my mind it's not worth getting one.

thanks in advance

prolificdavid
09-18-2007, 11:53 AM
Me -- I was doing squats. Took too big a breath or something. It wasn't planned.

Mannycj
11-13-2008, 03:55 PM
I was doing the leg press with moderate weight and heard a pop and discomfort. I slowed a bit but finished my reps. I finished my entire work out with a sore left side. It felt as if my rib got caught or pushed against something and thats when I felt and heard the pop. It's not too painful only when I put pressure, if I try to do a regular sit-up, or when I take really deep breaths. I'm going to the doctors tomorrow for x-rays. More than likely she'll take the x-rays and then give me some pain meds and some advise. But at least it's peace of mind. It's kinda weird though how everyone on here had the pop on the same left side.

dmlonghorn
12-22-2009, 06:43 PM
...just happened to me yesterday, leg press machine, final set.

Went down just a tad bit further than normal with moderate/heavy weight and felt a very distinct snap/pop along the bottom rib line on my left side. The pain was immediate and somewhat severe, however, that initial pain subsided rather quickly and was replaced by a dull "nuisance" type pain. I was able to continue my leg workout with moderate but tollerable discomfort.

Was not able to sleep on that side at all, too much pain.

I worked out back and shoulders today, again, with tollerable discomfort.

I've had broken ribs before and what I'm experiencing now is very similar. From what I understand, not much can be done except taking it easy and managing the pain...

This sucks.

2write
12-23-2009, 10:47 AM
Hi bwc, prolificdavid, nike103103 and dmlonghorn


Could you consult a trainer or your doctor about wrong breathing possibly causing these problems ?

I think the inhale and exhale needs careful timing during heavy or even medium weights.

So maybe/ possibly your injuries which are similar may have been due to lifting/ pushing weights while not having the precise breathing coordination.


:(

Just a theory - hence do ask your trainer/ doctor if this could have been a reason for the pain/ rib injury

braindx
12-23-2009, 11:44 AM
May not be broken rib.. could be that it subluxed near the spine.

I would still get it checked out by a doc though.

dmlonghorn
12-23-2009, 07:15 PM
Hi bwc, prolificdavid, nike103103 and dmlonghorn


Could you consult a trainer or your doctor about wrong breathing possibly causing these problems ?

I think the inhale and exhale needs careful timing during heavy or even medium weights.

So maybe/ possibly your injuries which are similar may have been due to lifting/ pushing weights while not having the precise breathing coordination.


:(

Just a theory - hence do ask your trainer/ doctor if this could have been a reason for the pain/ rib injury

I was thinking something similar as well, possibly a combination of improper breathing, allowing the knees to get too close to the chest and the amount of weight.

If I remember correctly, I think I had my lungs full of air and did not exhale when lifting the weight.

MrMostly
01-22-2010, 03:33 PM
I just did the same thing today.
As gjohnson5 mentioned that a factor might be that the back was set too far upright. That rings pretty true since I did one set to warm up but then while I was putting on a couple extra plates, I also moved the back to sit more upright.
This was at the end of my workout and I was just trying to burn off some extra energy after my cardio. I had done a bunch of Dead Lifts before and my back was acheing so I really just wanted something "safe". I usually don't even use that machine.
I was using only moderate weight and planned on doing 4 sets of 15-20 reps. of rapid, ballistic movements trying to go as deep as possible.

It feels to me like I strained the ligaments that hold the floating rib in place. It will likely be sore for a good long time.

dmlonghorn
01-22-2010, 06:35 PM
I just did the same thing today.
As gjohnson5 mentioned that a factor might be that the back was set too far upright. That rings pretty true since I did one set to warm up but then while I was putting on a couple extra plates, I also moved the back to sit more upright.
This was at the end of my workout and I was just trying to burn off some extra energy after my cardio. I had done a bunch of Dead Lifts before and my back was acheing so I really just wanted something "safe". I usually don't even use that machine.
I was using only moderate weight and planned on doing 4 sets of 15-20 reps. of rapid, ballistic movements trying to go as deep as possible.

It feels to me like I strained the ligaments that hold the floating rib in place. It will likely be sore for a good long time.

I monitored my progress and didn't begin feeling relief until day 14, where I could finally at least turn slightly to that side to sleep. It wasn't until day 18 until I could fully sleep on that side and day 21 until I was 100%. But during weeks 1-2, it definately felt like it was getting worse... eventually it came around.

I was able to continue my workouts with various modifications.

I'm removing seated leg press from my routine all together. I don't know the exact formula that caused the injury, but it's certainly not worth the risk of a re-occurence.

Good luck.

umop
05-04-2010, 12:47 PM
I appreciate everyone writing about their similar experiences on here. I had the same experience yesterday as well. Leg Press, moderate to low weight, going down quite far (knees close to my chest), and had a pop on my left lower ribcage with no pain. My lungs were full of air in order to exhale during the lift (which was advice that I've heard occasionally on other workouts). I feel some discomfort, but generally don't feel too bad aside from being cautious. I did leg-curls afterwards, and a small shock of pain hit the injured area on the first one, so I discontinued. For kicks, I tried one on the right side, and it did not hurt at all.

I am lousy at doing squats, so I was attempting to build up some muscle without risking poor form by using a machine, which I assumed was built for form. The back was not adjustable (I don't believe). From what I've read here, it looks as though there are several possible factors:

1. Breathing needs to be precise for leg-presses. I don't know what it is, but I presume I was probably doing it wrong.
2. Depth of squat needs to be limited. I don't know this either, but it seems to be a theme in this thread, and was certainly true in my situation. I was following advice of a friend who is also a personal trainer by going so low, so this may be widespread misinformation
3. A warmup should occur before going into your known max, as well as stretches. I don't know what stretches are important for leg-presses or squats. I jumped right into 180lbs (45 + 45 x 2) for my first set because that is what I had done during my last workout (the previous time, starting with 90 (45 x 2) and realizing that was too light). I did minimal stretching.

One note here: I am seeing two situations. First, there are people who have confirmed with x-rays that they have indeed broken a rib, but I also remember seeing at least one post of someone who confirmed with x-ray that they did not break a rib, though they experienced similar symptoms. Personally, I'm nervous about this scenario since I don't immediately see a likely connection from leg curls to irritating the rib-area. Either way, if I don't procrastinate and end up having this checked out, I'll post something back here.

beltshumeltz
06-03-2010, 02:34 AM
Similar story here, pretty sore left lower rib, but from squatting, using what I hope is a close enough approximation of Mark Rippetoe's instruction. But I will continue squatting, work around the injury. I've learned that injuries a part of the territory of lifting and I prefer to risk minor rib injuries than a back injury from breathing on the way up or doing partial squats. Hopefully I'll get strong enough to mostly avoid this type of injury again...

I was wearing a 4" 13mm inzer lever belt which I thought was the culprit until I started reading up online. The fact that it happens to everyone on the left rib, leg pressing or squatting, with or without belts, probably eliminates my belt as the culprit.

I do think it is possible that it happened to me due to bad form, I think I may let my upper torso crumble upon myself at the bottom of a squat. Not sure though.

omsata
06-03-2010, 01:02 PM
I don't get it.. how can someone fracture\break his rib doing leg presses?
I mean, the leg tray didn't crash on you nor your knees hit your ribs, out of nowhere you just heard a 'pop'?
this is weird, you really should see a doctor

BeardedStud
08-11-2010, 09:53 AM
This happened to me yesterday, and it still hurts. It aches, actually.

I was going heavy on the cybex leg press 6 plates each side and then I felt the ache pursuing me throughout my workout afterwards, its on the LEFT side by the way (why is everyones always on the left, from the posts I have read??)....it's really worrying me because I can feel it sort of protruding out my abdomen (not the rib, just some muscle I think) on the left side as to when compared to my right side.

It's on the lower rip cage part as well, does anyone know what to do?

dmlonghorn
08-12-2010, 04:23 PM
This happened to me yesterday, and it still hurts. It aches, actually.

I was going heavy on the cybex leg press 6 plates each side and then I felt the ache pursuing me throughout my workout afterwards, its on the LEFT side by the way (why is everyones always on the left, from the posts I have read??)....it's really worrying me because I can feel it sort of protruding out my abdomen (not the rib, just some muscle I think) on the left side as to when compared to my right side.

It's on the lower rip cage part as well, does anyone know what to do?

Hey dude, I just rode mine out... took several weeks (6+), but it healed itself.

That's my personal experience... not a recommendation...

odin673
08-12-2010, 04:32 PM
You probably hurt your spine and not your rib. It's possible the damage was near the rib/backbone connection which would make it seem like the rib is causing the pain. The only real way to break a rib is with a direct blow.

If it doesn't get better in a week or improve I'd go see a doctor.

dmlonghorn
08-12-2010, 04:50 PM
You probably hurt your spine and not your rib. It's possible the damage was near the rib/backbone connection which would make it seem like the rib is causing the pain. The only real way to break a rib is with a direct blow.

If it doesn't get better in a week or improve I'd go see a doctor.

The only thing to take from this comment is "go see a doctor" The rest is crap!

I had the same injury as the previous post and it had nothing to do with my spine. It was a very localized injury where I could touch my rib and felt pain right where I heard the initial "pop".

All your comment does is add fear to people suffering the same injury.

BeardedStud
08-12-2010, 09:02 PM
Hey dude, I just rode mine out... took several weeks (6+), but it healed itself.

That's my personal experience... not a recommendation...
The leg press is seriously such a load of crap

clinn57
09-28-2011, 02:32 PM
Just got home from the gym because this just happened to me. I was doing a light leg press after doing some hardcore squats and felt a pop (not a sound but a feeling) in my lower left rib cage. There was no pain when it happened, only the pop feeling. I immediately ended my workout and left the gym pretty pissed off (and still am). This same thing happened to me in college twice, so I stayed off the leg press for a while. Now several years later it happened again. My experience included being sore as hell for 2-3 weeks. I didn't stop lifting, but had to modify my routine to work around the pain.

I love the way the leg press works my hamstrings and gluteus maximus but I'm so discouraged by this that I'll probably take them out of my routine and do something else instead.

ThePhatness
01-08-2012, 10:05 PM
The only thing to take from this comment is "go see a doctor" The rest is crap!

I had the same injury as the previous post and it had nothing to do with my spine. It was a very localized injury where I could touch my rib and felt pain right where I heard the initial "pop".

All your comment does is add fear to people suffering the same injury.

Actually i had this happen to me a few months ago while doing leg press, my physiotherapist told me it indeed was my spine and the pinched nerve sends the pain around to your rib cage. My injury occured in my thoracic area which he told me was a very common problem. It was from a lack of flexibilty in my thoracic area because i predominantly use my lower back to flex, rotate etc. Gave me some simple stretches using a foam roller and light core excercises and felt better 2 weeks later. Having sustained the exact same "leg press, lower left rib cage click" injury again two days ago and reading all of the comments it would seem that most of you have the same thing i had. hope this helps

theFGman
08-11-2012, 10:46 AM
Old thread, but relevant. This just happened to me doing leg presses. Got a pain on the lowest rib on my right side, but didn't hear any sound when it happened. When I touch it, I feel like I can push that rib in easier than the other side, even though that could well be my imagination making me paranoid and toying with me. Feelsbadman.

extremepain
01-02-2013, 02:31 PM
Just had this happen today. I heard/felt that pop on my lower left side. I was doing heavy leg presses. It was rep 6 out of 8, I finished the set and the rest of the workout without much pain. I even did crunches on a medicince ball at the end of the workout without pain. It hurts now, hours later though. I had the same thing happen to me when I first started working out and I waited until it healed itself. I remember it being too painful to do overhead presses though. It sucks getting injured and having to half ass it through your workouts. I think I will look into alternatives to the leg press since its happened twice.

malawala
11-19-2013, 02:13 PM
hi every body,

i had same problem last week on leg press machine and i got 11th rib right side,
as i am orthopedics surgeon, i would advice my self and you :
- you have to know there is no indication to operate sucj fracture except in very rare conditions (flail chest, rib fracture nonunion,chest wall deformit, movable rib fractures) , usually we treat such fracture conservatively ( pain killer, rest, avoid stress copression i mean during sleep, tight cloths, training )
- as in bone healing , smocking is prohibited to avoid non union complication
- better to avoid chest bandage ( some medical schools advice it but scientific studies not recommending and me also)

no need to be panic , almost always it heals within 4-6 weeks , but refracture or continue training during healing period would be a risk of non union !!

was strong
11-19-2013, 09:47 PM
rib pain can indicate cartilage issues as with myself. A variety of things got me the pleasure of suffering for six months now. so if it hurts to pick something off the ground,bend your trunk,twist,or tha nast one gett out off bed or move after sitting still for a bit it could be considering costrchondritis, it took me 6 months to chase the name of that one down and get on the right path to start healing up. it kinda feels like a broken rib. here is a copy and past of the thread i responded to on this forum, not tons of info out there.
best of luck whatever it is!!


Originally Posted by UtahGetMe2
In before: See a Doctor.


Cliffs:
-Chest pain after w/o
-Brutal pain in and around the sternum
-Pain still there just not as strong
-Popping in Sternum & under ribs
-Haven't lifted in a month

About a month ago after a chest day, I had the most wicked burning pain in my sternum. At one point I thought I was going to have a heart attack the pain was so excruciating. This was a few hours after the workout. I felt no popping or anything during my time at the gym. As the days passed, the pain dulled but is still there. My chest/sternum started popping with deep breaths or certain movements. I can even feel popping under my ribs when I poke around. I went to the Dr. for a hernia and mentioned my symptoms. He said it's probably Costochondritis and that was about it. I haven't worked chest in a month and just last week went back and did some back work but they pain is coming back stronger. I am constantly using ice, heat, rubs, advil, etc. Basically anything I can get my hands on that may help but nothing seems to work. What do?

I will be making an official dr. appt. this afternoon but was wondering if the Misc dr.'s can relate or experienced anything similar.


Here is my comment and update:

i got this in June of 13 and it was "chest wall injury", turns out now almost 6 months later to be costrochondritis. Nasty stuff, Celebrex is a way of life and works wonders for me (luckily, some folks it doesnt touch the pain and they need cortisone shots in the chest.
First pt trip for me was a waste of time and it hurt, same with chiro and then they got me on clelebrex at month 4 of suffering or so. Took it real easy and ran out of celebrex and it was nasty, almost took a ride in ambulance and it throws the heart rate/breathing off.
So now at pt and its a new therapist that is working wonders on it with some weird pressing massage type thing on the spots around ribs, the crazy thing is I bruise up in the spots. She says its part of the healing precess and orders no upperbody stress at all, no biking, no squats, etc.
I hope yours passed and figured i would put this in here in case anyone searches and is suffering from this bear of a sidetrack to their training.
Not sure when "the abyss" to my training will resolve but healing vibes to all of us that suffer/suffered from this. Not a lot of great info on this on the web.

rodeovoss
06-24-2014, 05:06 AM
Same thing here. Went deep on the leg press this morning and "pop"...lower left rib pain.

Feels like the last/bottom rib on the left side. Hurt like heck for just a minute when it initially happened then when away. It only hurts now if I press on it or lean over when sitting, like when putting on my shoes. Then I get a sharp pain. Otherwise the pain is very minimal at the moment.

From what it sounds like, the pain might increase during the first week or two due to the "fracture" and I assume inflammation and swelling? Just sat down at my desk job and I'm wondering if sitting all day is a good or bad thing? Good thing because in essence I'm "resting" but bad because I feel like sitting somewhat hunched for 8-10 hrs puts some pressure on my abdomen. Gotta wait and see.

BrandonBB2014
01-26-2015, 06:38 PM
Might as well keep this thread going...

1 week 2 days ago during high rep light-medium weight leg presses. 3rd set I felt a slight 'whomp' or 'clunk' on my bottom right rib area. I did two more reps and called it a night as it was uncomfortable. Today the pain is the same as it was the next day. I haven't stopped lifting but I have had to stop exercises at 1 rep when I felt it was going to directly hit the problematic area. I remember having a deep breath and it was at the start of my push. I'm guessing I came down too low and caused too much compression in my body with my lungs full.

Symptoms:
Hurts to put mild pressure on the second from bottom rib.
Hurts to lay on the affected side.
The area of pain is very precise (if relaxing arms at side, its just in front of the bicep).
Hurts to take the deepest of breaths. Pain is immediately gone once exhaled.
Anything that involves a lot of core for balance hurts.
Laughing causes mild discomfort.
Flexing stomach hurts. Holding the flex the pain slowly leaves until the flex is released.

Against my better judgement I'm going to keep trying to work through it without pushing too many limits. People are saying approx 2 weeks it starts to subside. I'm hoping 3-4 until its gone.

It doesn't feel broken.

BrandonBB2014
01-31-2015, 07:28 PM
Approx 2 weeks and it's nearly gone. The most irritating exercises have been incline dumbbell bench and anything involving abdominal twisting.

PieWheatley
01-31-2015, 08:36 PM
You can develop an acute wry thorax, where the rib almost subluxes out of position. I think it's most likely this.

harlockssx
04-08-2015, 12:33 AM
I had this happen to me last week, doing lying squats on a machine, with moderately heavy weight (280Kg) but not my max (340Kg)...I'm doing the Stronglifts 5X5, and used the lying squat machine to give better back support, and protect my knees, since I've had surgery twice on my left one. On my third set, fourth rep, felt/heard a pop, followed my intense burning pain in my lower left side. It really hurts to twist or bend over. I though initially it might be a torn muscle, or fatigued QL Quadratus Lumborum muscle...but the pain is still very intense in those positions. Massage & stretching haven't helped. So I'm on day 6 with no gym...I've been taking NSAIDs for the pain, and to help me sleep. Tried Mobic- ineffective, Extra Strength Tylenol- nope...Celebrex and high dosage Motrin seem to work, but only for a few hours. I want to give it one more day of rest, then try to lightly work out and stretch, to see if it's getting better. I pray I don't have to take 6 weeks off of deadlifts & squats! I am 42, 6'5", 300 pounds, and was using a good leather weight belt, tightly bound.

dominion7
09-04-2015, 08:03 AM
I did the exact same thing this morning...I went from squats to leg press and now that it has been mentioned here, the seat-back was up high..and sure enough my "left" side popped and scared the crap out of me..now I'm sitting here at work sore...I will probably go to the doc just to make sure it is in line correctly and get some meds to sleep..
Thanks for reporting this..I thought it was just my fat gut putting pressure on my ribs..lol

UNDFTD
09-28-2015, 10:28 PM
Funny I found this thread, I had the exact same thing happen to me over the weekend. Went from doing squats to leg press. Was on my 8th rep doing heavy weight on the press and felt a snap/pop on my lower left rib area. I immediately stopped and left the gym anticipating excruciating pain (which never came). In the next couple days I felt almost zero pain unless I pushed in the exact spot where I felt the pain.

Today is the 3rd day and there has been no chronic pain at all so I was pretty confident that it was NOT a fracture. However, I was sitting cross legged today on the floor and bent forward to grab something and clearly felt something move out of place in the area of the pain. Seemed like a rib moved for a split-second and was definitely not a sensation associated with a muscle pull. Going to get an x-ray tomorrow for peace of mind so I can determine how long until I can start lifting again.

Will update tomorrow..

Nhguy1978
03-19-2016, 10:01 PM
This past week I cracked ribs on both sides. I was doing leg press lighter thsn previous week. I had just run the day before. Legs must have been weak. I couldn't get weight up to the safety bar. I lowered it again thinking there was a lower stop to rest the weight. Unfortunately, there is none and the weight came down on top of me and pushed legs into chest. That's when I heard the cracking sound. I had to yell for help.

JRW21
03-23-2016, 11:22 AM
I started out doing dead lifts, and then made my way to the leg press. I was feeling good, so I loaded it up with more weight than usual. On my third set I felt a pop and assumed I just shot my guts out of my abdomen (I was just glad I didn't **** my pants). After looking in the mirror and not seeing anything portruding (thank God) I just went home and called it a day. This happened on my right side and it is only sore if I arch my back backwards and touch the spot where it popped. Hoping it's nothing serious, and from the responses above I'm assuming it's not.

JRW21
03-25-2016, 10:14 AM
Really sore still so I went to the doctor. X-rays didn't show any broken ribs so he concluded that I tore a muscle. Pain meds and taking it easy is my option until I feel like I can lift again.

JRW21
03-25-2016, 10:16 AM
This past week I cracked ribs on both sides. I was doing leg press lighter thsn previous week. I had just run the day before. Legs must have been weak. I couldn't get weight up to the safety bar. I lowered it again thinking there was a lower stop to rest the weight. Unfortunately, there is none and the weight came down on top of me and pushed legs into chest. That's when I heard the cracking sound. I had to yell for help.

That sucks! Get well soon man (we're not in our 20's anymore)

DougInAlabama
08-29-2016, 09:44 AM
I don't know if it's a cracked rib. I hope not. I had just finished a couple of light weight, high rep squats. I was on my second set of leg presses with a moderate(for me) amount of weight when the pop and sudden pain on my left side. I was working in the 15-20 rep range, not going too fast. I have only been back lifting for a month after a year layoff, so I was focused on using light-moderate weights to minimize risk of injury. I also had a professional coach monitoring my form and weight usage at the time.

I had never heard of this happening before on leg press, and thought it was somehow a pulled intercostal muscle..? I just did not see how a leg press could cause this, and my form was good, butt down in the seat...except maybe I was going a little too low? I wonder if there is a particular leg press machine manufacturer or angle of the seat vs. the direction of the weight that might account for this? Maybe my overweight gut added to the force coming in? I was going pretty slow too, so it wasn't a sudden rush of force, just a steady increase like you would expect...

Anyway, that was on Wednesday morning and this is Monday morning. I was able to cut the grass Saturday on my relatively flat yard, and at that point was just thinking it was a pulled/strained muscle, but since then if I roll over in my sleep I wake up in severe pain. It hurts if I breathe in very deeply, not excruciating but enough to notice. The real reason I wondered if it might be a rib is that unlike any other muscle pain I've ever had, the pain seemed to "travel" if I rolled over, to the point where pressing in on my abdomen hurt.

I can still stand and do moderate weight dumbbell curls without issue, but lat/back work is out. I've been just taking over the counter pain meds and using menthol rub and it's enough to get me through the day if I'm careful. If it gets any worse at all I'm getting the X-ray but otherwise I'm just going to take it slow and train around it. I hate set-backs but I don't want to risk making it any worse.

anant_
01-25-2018, 04:56 PM
Found this thread when searching for this injury (2 days ago while doing leg press). Mine is almost the same as user 'BrandonBB2014'. I guess at least 2 weeks before I can even use my core! Month-end review of New Years Resolution coming and this happens! :) Sucks big time!

fawsr
04-16-2018, 06:38 AM
I did heavy squats this morning followed by leg presses. On the last rep of the 2nd set I felt a “pop” at the bottom of my ridcage lower left side. It startled me but didn’t really hurt. On the 1st rep of my 3rd set it Really popped ... and hurt. I racked the weight. I then did 50 hanging knee raises with no pain and 2 miles on the treadmill with no pain. Two hours later it is tender and hurts when I bend or twist. After reading all these posts I will make this observation - my foot placement was good but my knees were maybe not spread out far enough. On the 1st set I hit the stop a few times so I lowered the stop for the other sets. It (pop) was probably caused by a combination of too narrow knee placement and going too deep? Anyway, very glad I found this thread. The popping sound was probably cartilage and the soreness is to be expected. I’ll keep working but be more careful and attuned to any pain. If anything significant develops from this I will update this list.