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Sternal Pain

Sternum pain is caused by the muscles and bones near the sternum and ribs, not the sternum itself. Pain experienced just below the sternum is known as substernal pain, which is most commonly caused due to epigastritis. It is mainly caused due to costochondritis, an inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). The pain in this condition aggravates while sneezing or coughing.

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I am having sternal pain on performing push-ups. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, When I do push-ups, I feel a sudden pain. It just started two to three days of me doing push-ups. It is like a light pain in my sternum, but it does not feel like a muscle strain. This pain gets worse with more push-ups. After a couple of days of doing high amounts of push-ups, just one p...  Read Full »

Mohammed Wajid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The most common cause of sternum pain is a condition called costochondritis. This occurs when the cartilage that connects your ribs to your sternum becomes inflamed. Symptoms of costochondritis include sharp pains or aches on the side o...  Read Full »

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