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A 37-year-old male asked:

if i hug someone with a broken rib will it hurt him or her?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Yes: It takes up to 12 weeks for a rib fracture to fully heal and until it does, the rib can be tender to the touch or any pressure.
Dr. Malina Milan
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: If it's a tight hug it certainly could be painful, just keep it gentle!

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Why does my broken rib still hurt after years?

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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Scar tissue : Scar tissue may have entrapped neighboring nerve. Or nerve may have been injured along with rib and a neuroma was formed.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long after it begins to hurt should I see a doctor about a broken rib?

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: If the pain is improving, then not much is needed. If you are having issues breathing or the pain is not improving, i'd recommend seeing a physician for evaluation.

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