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how long does a bruised rib last

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin can sometimes be very helpful, it may not be strong enough for the pain control ... Read More
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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
24 years experience Pediatrics
See a DR ASAP: Trauma, chest soreness and pain on breathing can indicate a broken rib and could be a hallmark of something more serious (lung puncture, lung collapse ... Read More
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
38 years experience Family Medicine
X--ray: You need to have an x-ray done to make the diagnosis.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Hard to tell: If its just one rib, it is hard to tell on exam, and sometimes even xray. A ct scan would tell, but involves radiation and sometimes a high cost.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Pain: A bruised rib is mainly painful, especially if you breathe in or if you push on it. A chest or rib xray can tell if the rib is bruised or broken, alth ... Read More
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Dr. Philip Miller
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NO: Rib pain is exceptionally painful; however, usually does not require hospitalization. Pain medication, rib belt and anti inflammatory medications are ... Read More
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Dr. James Wells
44 years experience Psychiatry
Brace intermittently: A bruised rib could be supported with a brace or other tightfitting garment, but it will be very important to remove the brace about every hour and t ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Can't tell: Go to the doctor and get an x-ray - that will tell you.
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Dr. Michael Ramaboea
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Please consult dr: you may need an x-ray and or analgesics. please see your dr
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Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
27 years experience Sports Medicine
Sooner the better: The sooner you see adoctor the better. He can guide you towards proper treatment after a proper dianosis has been established. It is important to rule ... Read More
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Dr. Gurpreet Sandhoo
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Imaging studies need: See your doctor for physical exam and x ray. Only x ray or CT exam can confirm if you have a fracture.
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