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A 21-year-old female asked:

sharp pain left side, what are signs and treatments for bruised rib/pulled muscle there? pain comes and goes

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: A pulled muscle is certainly a possibility, especially at your age, and would be more tender between the ribs. A bruised rib would be more tender directly on the involved rib. Try an oral anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen - aka Motrin or advil, or naproxyn - aleve) for a week or two, and see a physician if symptoms persist.

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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