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how long does it take for bruised ribs to heal

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medications can be very helpful for musculoskeletal pain. My patients have found auricular acupuncture superior to both ... Read More
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 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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Roman
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Very: Painful injury. NSAIDs will help with the pain and inflammation. But he may need something stronger to help him rest at night. Unfortunately this ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
32 years experience Family Medicine
Rest: Rest, warm compresses to area, deep breathing exercises to prevent pneumonia from occurring. Topical herbal poultices can be helpful for pain and spe ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Fred Bagares
13 years experience Sports Medicine
Not exactly.: Ben gay and other topicals can help with the pain associated with bruised ribs. However, it doesn't usually speed up the process. Bruised ribs can b ... Read More
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A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Bassett
59 years experience Thoracic Surgery
3 to 4 weeks: It usually takes 3, 4 even 6 weeks in some cases.
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 41-year-old member asked:
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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