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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Let me help: In most cases, broken ribs heal on their own in one or two months. Adequate pain control is important, so you can continue to breathe deeply and avoid ... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
41 years experience in Sports Medicine
Rib Fractures: Physical exam is the first thing that needs to be done. A good chest xray will usually pick up rib fractures. Rarely is a more advanced imaging neces ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
41 years experience in Sports Medicine
Pain: Rib fractures are not easy to diagnose without xrays. Even then they can sometimes be hard to pick up. Pain right over the chest wall which is increa ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Fracture of -: -more than 1 rib.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Unusual: Work up, the head symptoms. If there is a cause for a fall to break the ribs that may be a connection other than bad luck! ribs usually heal over 3 ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
23 years experience in Hand Surgery
Gradual: Rib fractures heal in about 6-8 weeks. Therapy is geared towards restoring mobility and strengthening muscles between and around the ribs. Therapy s ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Let me help you: There are some reasons why some body will have multiple rib fractures without trauma, osteoporosis of the bone(weak bone), the other bone cancer (mul ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
51 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Yes, if multiple: Snapping scapula syndrome arises from either a soft-tissue or a skeletal anomaly within the scapulothoracic space that creates a cracking sound during ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
No: Avulsion fractures are when a section of bone is torn away from the main body of bone and still connected to the tendon.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. G Jason Hunt
15 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Maybe: It depends on the alignment of the fractures and the location of the fractures.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Unlikely: While a single fracture that has not moved (nondisplaced) can heal with out surgery, the more fractures present the more likely that surgery will be n ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Not necessarily: I am unaware of any study linking the two.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
26 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Different: Stress fractures are classic overuse injuries, defined as when injury to tissue (in this case bone) is injured at a rate which exceeds the body's abil ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
It's possible: it could've change your mechanics of the way you use your shoulder. Another thought is that whatever caused the accident and the rib fractures could ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Grabow
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Possibly.: Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is possible in many situations but this boils down to the knowledge of your physician. If you are concerned a second opini ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
37 years experience in Rheumatology
Very high : Osteoarthritis frequently occurs at the site of old injuries, your wrist has not only a fracture but also disruption of the ligaments that provide sta ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Mri scan is the most accurate test. Pain over the fracture site is the most useful physical finding.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Taylor
38 years experience in Pulmonology
Usually not needed: Unless there are complications such as hemorrhage, rib fractures can be treated conservatively. Use ice packs every 4 hours, avoid coughing and strai ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
No: Rib fractures may not can directly cause heart failure, but they are associated with other conditions that can. Pneumothorax (punctured lung), cardiac ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience in Diagnostic Radiology
Not healing yet: This sounds like a complicated fracture. Callus is what we look for to show signs of healing. It varies in time before it becomes visible on an X-ray ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience in Trauma Surgery
Rib resection needed: See Thorasic surgeon for evaluation
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: They occur in older patients usually due to osteoporosis. Women are affected 6:1 compared to men.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brent Rubin
40 years experience in Podiatry
AVN: Non weightbearing is the best option but some doctors do perform a core decompression of the talus to try to get it to heal quicker.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samuel Ward
27 years experience in Family Medicine
Time and Massages: Only time will help heal and stop the symptoms
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
19 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain control: Rib fractures usually do not require surgery or any sort of splinting. The key to treating rib fractures is to get the pain under control with anti-in ... Read More
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