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Do I wear a cast if I break a rib

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
22 years experience Family Medicine
No cast: Broken ribs don't require a cast, and are usually treated just with pain medicine. Rib-belts or ace wraps around the chest are controversial, because ... Read More
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No. : You don't need a cast for a rib fracture. Your lungs are like an internal splint or cast and help push it out.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain control: Mostly, the md can provide pain control thru meds. Otherwise, not many options. Strapping or wrapping of rib fractures has fallen out of favor secon ... Read More
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Dr. David Tuckman
22 years experience Hand Surgery
Give it time: There is no specific treatment required for a broken rib. These heal in approximately 4-6 weeks.
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: It depends on if the broken rib needs surgery or not. Certain rib fracture patterns (multiple consecutive rib fractures/etc) really benefit from surg ... Read More
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Not yet: Don't start strength and rom until the orthopedic surgeon tells you it's ok. That's usually between 3 and 6 weeks. At 2 days, the child should rest, ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Why worry : The common buckle fracture is not displaced, does not reduce the integrity of the bone and all heal well.They can still hurt like crazy. Leave the kid ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Broken Toes: Nope. Usually there is nothing done for broken toes. Some doctors tape the to another toe for added support. This all changes if there is a brea ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Is it getting worse?: Most chest pains in younger people are due to muscle sprain and slowly go away. if the pain is getting worse then you should get yourself examined to ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
2 weeks: I'm guessing this is an elbow dislocation, since the shoulder really can't be casted. This depends on the severity of the injury and whether surgery ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
I don't know.: Besides a rib fracture, i would be concerned about whether you have a pulmonary contusion. Recommend medical evaluation.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vic Kalman
34 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: If the broken bone is healed then a compression hose would be of great benefit. When you are not on your feet, elevate your legs. Discuss your activ ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Protection: Casts are used to immobilize the bones usually after a fracture. Fractures take time to heal.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
35 years experience Occupational Medicine
Metacarpal fracture: Best not to have fracture or cast

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