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That depends: First, it depends whether you are talking about blunt or penetrating. Assuming you mean blunt (fall, car wreck), the important parts are pain control to prevent atelectasis (microscopic lung collapse) and pneumonia. Select interventions include narcotics, invasive pain measures (e.g. On-q pain block), operative stabilization of rib fractures. Care is individualized, so check with your doctor. ...Read more
Need more details: A chest injury can lead to a minor bruise, a popped lung, an injured heart or torn blood vessels inside the chest. Thus, chest injuries can be minor or life threatening. You have expressed concern and you will need to see a doctor who can check to see what kind of injury you have. ...Read more
Other injuries: You may have other associated injuries. Trauma to the chest commonly causes minor bruising and pain to the entire torso. You could also have other injuries like rib fractures (on the back of your chest). Depending on what type of injury occurred, it is also possible to have spine fractures. If the pain continues or you feel like you are getting worse, see your doctor. ...Read more
Enlargement Artery: Abnormal enlargement of artery, weakening of artery wall and eventual rupture. Usually caused by Atherosclerosis and degenerative changes, Penetrating injury can cause a false aneurysm due to a sidewall injury that partially heals then enlarges and ruptures. Both need Surgical repair ...Read more
Weakness: An aneurysm is an abnormal ballooning of an artery caused by weakness of its wall. As this ballooning gets bigger it can get thinner in the process and is at risk of rupture. These are usually followed periodically by a vascular surgeon using either CT or ultrasound. The initial weakness can indeed be caused by trauma. It can also be due to high blood pressure or cholesterol. ...Read more
Haven't lifted weights in a month due to chest injury. Left deltoid stiff and burns w/ease from lateral movements. Is this common from disuse? Advice?
That depends: You are very young and should not have such symptoms, unless your injury was severe and long standing. Speak to your doc about it. ...Read more
I had a blunt chest injury 2 weeks ago and had severe pain in my sternum. I still have pain when i laugh cough or lift items. Could this be a fx?
It's been nearly two years since my chest injury and the diagnosis is now costochondral separation of second rib. Any chance it will heal now?
Possibly: Chronic costochonral separation might or might not be a correct diagnosis. Chronic (over three months) chest pain is possibly a chronic inflammation called costochondritis, in which case a single small local anesthetic injection with corticosteroid can be miraculous. If is separation, then spontaneous healing after two years unlikely. An osteopath is good specialist to help with such problems. ...Read more
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