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A 41-year-old male asked:

I fell face first snowboarding after hitting a jump. brunt of impact was my elbow, chest, and ribs. it hurts to breath, move fast. did i break a rib?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I don't know.: Besides a rib fracture, i would be concerned about whether you have a pulmonary contusion. Recommend medical evaluation.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Brunt impact: Yes, it it is quite possible tha you fractured a rib. See your doctor or go to the er for an examination and possible xray.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Possible: Your ribs move every time you breath, so a bruise, inflammation, and or fracture can all cause pain. An exam would be best and possibly an x-ray to definitively diagnose you. Get well soon.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2014

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