My dad has a broken rib. Everytime he coughs, it will hurt him and he will have trouble breathing. Is there anything he could do? The doc in the ER says it's going to take a month or two for his ribs to recover. Is there anything he could do?
I see plenty of rib fractures as i'm a workers' comp doctor. I agree that adequate pain control is important and deep breathing exercises is essential to prevent complications like pneumonia.
However, braces or chest compression wraps are no longer recommended, as they prevent the patient from taking deep breaths.