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What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

Be sure: X-ray, and pain control. In young persons, a single rib is pretty well tolerated. If multiple, or flail, or aged patient the risk of pneumonia and bleeding are increased. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more

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What are the signs of a rib fracture?

What are the signs of a rib fracture?

Severe pain: Severe usually sharp pain of the chest wall increasing with movements, other conditions can cause that as well, so the only way to be sure is to have an x-ray of the ribs. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise, stretch, to improve range of motion, strength & endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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Could I have a rib fracture without being struck while surfing?

Unusually: Some stretches, pulls , falls at hitting the water at a bad angle might cause enough trauma to fracture a rib. Similarly if the rib is unhealthy for some reason, it might break with less force. Example osteoporosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

Pain with breathing: 1) pain when sneezing coughing, laughing, going to the bathroom, twisting, getting dressed, pain with breathing. 2) note - many other things can mimic a rib fracgure including a heart attack (!) , herpes zoster (shingles) and GI issues so get checked out . . The good news is that most rib fractures do not require surgery but do indeed hurt and take weeks or months to improve. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Protect the area. Don't do things that hurt.
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Get the area X-rayed
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Follow the advice of the doctor and allow the area to heal
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Can you still exercise with a rib fracture?

Can you still exercise with a rib fracture?

Yes: Actually it's encouraged. It will be painful, but it can help keep the lungs expanded and increases blood flow to the area, which speeds up healing. ...Read more

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What are the complications of an untreated rib fracture?

What are the complications of an untreated rib fracture?

Heal on their own: Rib fractures are one of the types that we don't really do much for. They heal up on their own as the two fragments are usually very close to one another. They heal on their own usually within 4 to 6 weeks. Putting pressure on the fracture will be painful so most of the time people avoid that and they heal just fine. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Follow weightbearing orders
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Eat well
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Follow physician instructions
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Follow up as directed
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What are some common secondary injuries that could occur from a rib fracture?

What are some common secondary injuries that could occur from a rib fracture?

Several: Pneumothorax (lung collapse), lung injury, spleen injury, pneumonia (from splinting) and vascular injury are among the more common. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more

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