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A 35-year-old male asked:

please explain me what is hairline fracture in ribs? and how to cure & take care of it?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Minor fracture.: It is a break in the bone in which the fragments remain in position without any separation. Treatment is to avoid further injury ( avoid rough sports, etc ) and to control pain. You will be miserable when you sneeze or cough, but this should get better with time.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Time: Rib fxs heal with time no matter how big. Pain meds and time and heat or ice.
Dr. Gary Beach
Family Medicine 40 years experience
"hairline" = "faint": Generally this term is used to describe a fracture that is just barely seen on x-ray. It will hurt just as bad as a fracture that is more easily seen, or mildly displaced.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long is it supposed to it take for a hairline fracture in the ribs to heal?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Weeks to months: The healing time of fractures in ribs and other bones depends on displacement of fracture fragments. If no displacement fracture usually heals the quickest. Rib fractures if not displaced are one of fastest healing fractures. Hairline fracture is nondisplaced fracture.Healing begins in 10 days and usually compete by couple months.

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