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A 37-year-old female asked:

Broken floating ribs and things i should or shouldn't do. i work in a machine shop where i do a lot of opening and closing doors and reaching in machin?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 58 years experience
Depends: Where when how many? Posterior rib fractures even with flail portion can be pretty stable and protected. Anterior 2-4 rib segments are quit mobile and additional trauma could puncture lung or underlying tissue. If 2 months or so, probably stable enough to work. Generally if it hurts stop.
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