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cause of multiple rib fractures

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me help: In most cases, broken ribs heal on their own in one or two months. Adequate pain control is important, so you can continue to breathe deeply and avoid ... Read More
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Rib fractures are often overlooked and patients do worse without surgery on certain rib fracture patterns. Multiple consecutive rib fractures can lea ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
42 years experience Sports Medicine
Rib Fractures: Physical exam is the first thing that needs to be done. A good chest xray will usually pick up rib fractures. Rarely is a more advanced imaging neces ... Read More
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
I disagree: For multiple rib fractures, plain xrays are only average at best for detecting them. Plain ct scans have been shown in the literature to be much bet ... Read More
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Hus answered
16 years experience General Surgery
Rib fractures: Best way to visualize multiple rib fractures is with a CT scan
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
42 years experience Sports Medicine
Pain: Rib fractures are not easy to diagnose without xrays. Even then they can sometimes be hard to pick up. Pain right over the chest wall which is increa ... Read More
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: It might be minor but multiple rib fractures, if enough of them, can eve lead to death. Usually they result in pain, shortness of breath, and can resu ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
54 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Fracture of -: -more than 1 rib.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me help you: There are some reasons why some body will have multiple rib fractures without trauma, osteoporosis of the bone(weak bone), the other bone cancer (mul ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends : Some instances of multiple rib fractures only need time while others are much better with surgery. I tell my patients that they should expect somewh ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
20 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain control: Rib fractures usually do not require surgery or any sort of splinting. The key to treating rib fractures is to get the pain under control with anti-in ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Rib fractures occur from a blow to the chest or even following a violent coughing spell. Rib contusions are as painful as rib fractures. Both take a ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Taylor
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Usually not needed: Unless there are complications such as hemorrhage, rib fractures can be treated conservatively. Use ice packs every 4 hours, avoid coughing and strai ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Rib resection needed: See Thorasic surgeon for evaluation

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