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Dr. Eric Fete
Dr. Eric Fete answered
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
Weeks: weeks or a month or more if fractured.

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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Rochester
25 years experience Family Medicine
Rib injury: Kaden thanks for you service. Also a combat vet. Could have dislocated a rib from the rib cartilage or torn the rib cartilage. Unfortunately not much ... Read More
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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
Rib pain: the bruises that you had before on you ribs will cause inflammation in the cartilage part of the ribs and late will cause pain it called costocomdriti ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
Rest, meds: There is not much you can do for bruised ribs you will need to rest until symptoms resolve and nsaids may help. Its good to get an xray to make sure ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: It depends on the severity and whether there is a fracture involved, but it could be 6-8 weeks.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Natural timing: With injury to our tissues, inflammation (red, hot, swelling, tenderness) occurs. There is leakage of blood from damaged capillaries and veins which ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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See below: Usually bruised ribs will feel sore at the site of the bruise. Other symptoms might be difficulty with breathing because the ribs move when we breath. ... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Warren Wolfe
57 years experience Family Medicine
NSAIDs: Those are medicines like Aleve, (naproxen) Aspirin and a few prescription medications. Normally it should take a couple of weeks to heal. You could al ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain: Pain/discomfort which may be increased with respirations.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Ellis
12 years experience Anesthesiology
Tylenol/NSAIDs: Regular over the counter pain meds can ease the pain. Alternating warmth and cool may help. Narcotics should not be required. If pain is severe conf ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Fete
Dr. Eric Fete answered
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
Rest: just take it easy and give it time; they will heal. just be careful to avoid any activity that causes discomfort. Make sure to take deep breaths (do ... Read More

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