Any advice for a torn chest muscle? (Near Sternum)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 20, 2013 at 3:03 AM

I do not have health insurance. The area is right near my sternum. I am sure it is a muscle (tendon) tear. I am 26 years old and I injured it doing weighted dips.

It has been over a year since the injury with only mild improvements. I cannot perform dips or bench press. Other activities hurt the area as well. My condition has improved to the point where I can perform push ups now.

Any tips?

Please and Thank You.



on November 17, 2013
at 09:17 PM


Did it look like this ?



on June 20, 2013
at 01:53 PM

unlikely torn muscle after a year. Tony tendon requires surgery

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on June 25, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Skip the dips and bench for now. If something's torn and you're doing pushups again without pain, you're probably healing up. Don't screw it up. Just do pushups in the mean time and wait.



on June 20, 2013
at 02:44 PM

I had a simular injury, and it took, what seemed like forever to heal. Had an air bag crack my sternum a few years ago in an auto accident, then I got it re injured during a bar fight, when I was being pulled off the top of some guy he rifled back a leg and kicked me in the chest. Its has taken a few years to fully recoveras this area doesnt seem to get much blood flow or circulation. The good news is that its almost all the way recovered at this point, in fact Im now back upto getting 1-2 reps with 335 and doinging weighted dips.


on November 17, 2013
at 09:12 PM


Did it look somewhat like this ? I've posted a picture @Dave 9



on June 20, 2013
at 01:51 PM

I know that having no health insurance sucks, but this is an issue I would definitely get checked out. Not that I'm condoning debt, but most hospitals will work with you when you don't have health insurance working out a payment plan and a much discounted cost after you've been seen. At this point, nutrition will be your best friend. Finding the right nutrition for a suspected tear will help you the most in a long run. Search around. Good luck!


on June 20, 2013
at 08:00 PM

Sorry about the injury and hope it heals. But two of the worst exercises for the shoulder joint (glenohumeral and glenoid labrum) are Dips and Upright Rows. Beyond the violation of skeletal range (most people dip to 90d whereas the extension of the arm is typically defined as 20-30d), the stress on the long head of the biceps tendon (which becomes part of the labrum), is excessive. http://billtheurbancaveman.com/dips.html

"Just because an exercise has been done for years does not make it safe or effective."


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