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Manubrium/Sternum Injury - joint capsule rupture?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 30, 2010
  • 05:48 PM

Looking for others suffering from non-traumatic sternal/manubrium pain post exercise

I injured my sternum at the manubrium 3 months ago by hyper flexing my chest while rock climbing. It manifested as a loud pop followed by a slight deformity at the joint. Intense pain with movement followed and now the pain is mostly caused by getting in and out of bed and opening doors. I also have tight pain now in my back suggesting an instability of the associated ribs. The joint is more swollen also which makes me think it is in the process of scaring over. I am still not working my upper body at this point and limit my daily activities to avoid chest wall stress.

I had an xray and CT that were both clear ruling out a fracture. Unfortunately because of this, most docs don't seem to take me seriously (5 of them). I recently saw a thoracic surgeon who I trust and he believes I ruptured my joint capsule. Does anyone else have experience with this sort of thing? Any treatment plan other than NSAID,Tylenol and rest? I hate taking pills!

I am an avid athlete and would like to get back to using my body and lifestyle without pain. Thanks!

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  • HiI have a similar problem I think I originally hurt my sternum falling of my horse. It started to pop and click after the injury which happened 2 years ago. I think I've overstretched it somehow doing yoga now and I have a lot of pain doing anything which involves lifting, carrying stretching or even leaning on my arms. Fortunately the pain waxes and wanes and I'm sometimes pain free but strenuous activity brings it back agan.I've finally got the physio th agree its the sternum and not the rib joint. There is some deformity- thickened ridge.I'm thinking of locating a sports physio who might have more ideas on what to do about it.Looking for others suffering from non-traumatic sternal/manubrium pain post exerciseI injured my sternum at the manubrium 3 months ago by hyper flexing my chest while rock climbing. It manifested as a loud pop followed by a slight deformity at the joint. Intense pain with movement followed and now the pain is mostly caused by getting in and out of bed and opening doors. I also have tight pain now in my back suggesting an instability of the associated ribs. The joint is more swollen also which makes me think it is in the process of scaring over. I am still not working my upper body at this point and limit my daily activities to avoid chest wall stress.I had an xray and CT that were both clear ruling out a fracture. Unfortunately because of this, most docs don't seem to take me seriously (5 of them). I recently saw a thoracic surgeon who I trust and he believes I ruptured my joint capsule. Does anyone else have experience with this sort of thing? Any treatment plan other than NSAID,Tylenol and rest? I hate taking pills!I am an avid athlete and would like to get back to using my body and lifestyle without pain. Thanks!
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