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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I know if I have Pectus Carinatum?

Pectus Carinatum is characterized by a protruding sternum. If you have this condition, your breastbone sticks out rather than lying flat.


How severe is my Pectus Carinatum compared to other peoples?

While judging the severity of one’s Pectus Carinatum is not exact science, comparing it to images of other people with the condition can give you a rough idea of how severe your condition is. You can also measure the severity by calculating your “pectus index.” The pectus index comes from a ratio calculated by dividing the distance from sternum to spine with the distance between your two sides. A more “circular” ribcage is considered more severe, while a more “ovular” ribcage is considered less severe.


How do I treat Pectus Carinatum?

There are three methods to improving your look with Pectus Carinatum. These options include bracing which compresses your sternum and restructures your chest, surgery, and bodybuilding.


What are the best exercises to do for Pectus Carinatum

To answer in short, you have to exercise everything. Chest muscles are important to cover your sternum, however, if you only build your chest, your shoulders will roll over into a hunchback look, and you won’t gain much muscle. Upper back muscles are important for improving posture and pulling your shoulders back. Leg muscles and glutes are important because they are the largest muscles in the body, so when you exercise them, they release a lot of testosterone which makes the rest of your body grow. Know that the body seeks balance and will limit the growth of your upper body if you don’t also grow your lower body.


What causes Pectus Carinatum?

Pectus Carinatum is caused by genetic factors. About one in four people with it also have a family member who has the condition.


Can Pectus Carinatum be dangerous?

The issues associated with Pectus Carinatum are mainly psychological and cosmetic. However, in some cases people will also experience chronic body pains, difficulty breathing, and difficulty swallowing food. Pectus carinatum sometimes comes in a package deal with other conditions like Scoliosis and Marfan syndrome


Will Pectus Carinatum get worse with age?

Many people’s Pectus Carinatum becomes a lot more severe around puberty. However, after your body fully matures and you are done growing, your Pectus Carinatum won’t get any worse. The secondary effects of Pectus carinatum like Scoliosis and body pains may get worse with age.