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what does the er do for a broken rib?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Depends: How broken? Major trauma, fall, fight etc other injuries? Age of patient likely an x-ray, some pain meds etc. Complications: pneumothorax, hemo thorax='blood in chest etc may require a tube or observation.
Dr. Matthew Cooper
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Broken rib: It depends on whether the rib is broken in just one place or multiple, and whether adjacent ribs are injured as well. The range of therapy is from anti inflammatory and pain medications to wrapping, to intercostal block for pain, and least likely, surgical intervention for stabilization.
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Hus answered
General Surgery 16 years experience
Rib fractures : ER: Diagnosis Pain treatment Referral for a specialist. Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only. Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically. I use titanium plates to repair the chest wall.

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How do you heal a broken rib?

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Is it necessary to go to ER for a possible broken rib?

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That Depends: No doctor is going to say conclusively no to that in my opinion. However, most broken ribs are treated conservatively with pain medication and avoidance of aggravating factors. The problem is that a severly displaced rib fracture could compromise lung function. Fortunately, most rib fractures just hurt, a lot.
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How do you tell if you have a broken rib?

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Fell from first floor window of frat house. Is my rib broken or bruised?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Don't know: If you are able to take at least a moderately deep breath, it's probably just bruised. But you should get an x-ray anyways to be sure. Besides, other organs in the chest and abdomen could be injured too.

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