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A 46-year-old member asked:

how would i be able to tell if i have broken ribs or cracked ribs?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Radiography: Normally, x-rays can be used to distinguish the type of fracture.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Doctor, i want to know what are the symptoms of broken ribs?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Pain especially with: Breathing or movement or just touching them.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How will i know that i broke my ribs?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
X-ray: An x-ray (combined with physical examination and medical history) is usually required to accurately determine if there is a fracture.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for broken ribs to heal without treatment?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Often: Fractured ribs (without complications) often head without specifical medical intervention.
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. Paul Harper
General Surgery 52 years experience
Old answer.: If it hurts, don't do it.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if you bruised or broke your ribs?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fracture - contusion: Both conditions can be very painful. X-ray, physical examination & medical history will help to determine if you have a fracture or a contusion. If you are severe pain -please be medically evaluated.

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