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What do you do for a bruised rib

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Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Not much: Really just time will heal this. No stretches or other exercises will heal a bruise or contusion to the chest area.

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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine 38 years experience
X--ray: You need to have an x-ray done to make the diagnosis.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
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.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
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
A 48-year-old female asked:
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
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Wells
Psychiatry 44 years experience
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Can't tell: Go to the doctor and get an x-ray - that will tell you.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Yes you can.: Broken ribs are most commonly the result of blunt trauma. A simple fall can result in a broken rib or two. Most heal on their own without surgery,... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
?trauma: If you have had trauma to the chest cage the rib or ribs could be fractured or bruised as the symptoms are essentially similar except for the duration... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
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. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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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