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ice or heat for rib pain after fall

A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Neuralgia: Nerve pain, can be caused by shingle pinched nerve, pleurisy needs further evaluation by physician.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examina ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Linda Tao
Dr. Linda Tao answered
34 years experience Cardiology
See your doctor: Sometimes it is difficult to tell where the pain is coming from. From what you are describing it is possible that you might have an irritation of your ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
About 3 weeks: It takes about 3 weeks for rib contusions to heal.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Observe: Rest and avoid straining the area affected for one week. Continue to use Motrin and local heat for one week, and if not improved please see your PCP.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Waskowitz
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Trauma: Fall from a height could be a concussive event (tbi) but could also be pulmonary bruising or injury to a lung.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Kinninger
13 years experience Family Medicine
Unlikely: It is unlikely for a healthy 23 year old to fracture ribs from vomiting. You may have strained your intercostal muscles or developed inflammation in y ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Waskowitz
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Contusion or fx: Could be a soft tissue contusion or bruise but it may also be a rib fracture or other solid tissue injury.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Possibly rib fx: Can be musucular but people with vigorous coughing can fracture ribs. Most broken ribs heal on their own within six weeks. Usually therapy is conserva ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Delayed reaction: It is not unusual for symptoms to appear the next day after a fall or motor vehicle accident. This delayed reaction is from muscle strain and inflamma ... Read More
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