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Is it possible for a fractured rib not to heal after a year

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Definitely: If a fracture doesn't heal, it is called a nonunion. For this injury, i typically obtain a plain xray first to evaluate, but more than likely, a ct ... Read More

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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Fractured rib: How did that happen? It should not take 2.5 years to heal a rib fracture. You need to have your doctor be more specific and find a specialist to speed ... Read More
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Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Talk to your MD: Chronic steroid use is a major risk factor for bone density loss so talk to your physician about appropriate screening & prevention (secondary). You ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes it should: Sterniclavicular injuries are common. At age 17 as u stated this is really a fracture as the medial clavicle growth plate is one of the last to close( ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Broken bone in chest: Which bone? Rib? Sternum? Was the bone well aligned (assuming a radiograph was taken)? Is there instability at the fracture site? Usually fractured bo ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Puccio
Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Rib fx: Rib fractures can commonly caused some persistent discomfort as that sometimes they do not heal completely or he'll in what we call a nonunion or a ps ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
C Ur MD: After a year all should b heald. I would c my pcp 2 have it looked at. May b a new problem.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Puccio
Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Ribs: It is highly likely that these ribs did not heal which is called a nonunion, it also could be a fibrous union where they heal but they don't feel comp ... Read More
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Dr. Hasan Khondker
12 years experience Internal Medicine
Rest and no: heavy lifting is the best treatment
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: No, a back injury and/or rib fracture should not cause change in stool color. It usually has to be from something within the gi tract; bleeding into ... Read More

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