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How much does a rib fracture hurt?

How much does a rib fracture hurt?

It can hurt: Most rob fractures require relative rest, ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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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 can I do about a rib fracture?

What can I do about a rib fracture?

Pain management: Majority of rib fx will heal with time and pain management. Extremely rare to need any surgical intervention. Those cases are usually markedly displaced or multiple adjacent fxs, as you would see in major trauma like car accidents or fall from height. ...Read more

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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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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 does it feel like to have a rib fracture?

What does it feel like to have a rib fracture?

It hurts: It really hurts to have a rib fracture, makes it hard to take a breath. ...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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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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Why does my left sided rib fracture still hurt after 3 months?

Why does my left sided rib fracture still hurt after 3 months?

May not have healed: Usually broken ribs heal in 2-3 months but occasionally it may take little longer as long as it continues to improve and it is not getting worse in terms of pain just give it some more time to heal completely hopefully it will resolve soon good luck if the pain is getting worse however then talk to your doctor so he may check it out. ...Read more

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Will an old back rib fracture be painful forever?? Its been over 2 years.

Old Rib Fx Pain: Over this 2 year period of time, did you ever try intercostal nerve blocks? These nerves run underneath the ribs and can get irritated following rib fractures. We call it intercostal neuralgia or neuritis. These nerves can successfully be blocked & markedly reduce your symptoms.
What meds have you tried? Topical mix +/- oral neuropathic meds could still help reduce your chronic pain. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Yes: Still should be safe if only one but you should get it checked out to be sure. I'd avoid any contact sports. ...Read more

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How to recover from a rib fracture without getting out of shape?

Low impact: Unfortunately, rib fractures are painful and simply deep breathing from cardio activities can hurt. Fortunately, these injuries almost always heal without problems assuming no lung injury.
I usually recommend nsaids as tolerated and low impact activities such as walking, cycling or swimming. ...Read more

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What precautions do I need to be worried about after a rib fracture?

Common sense: Most rib fractures will heal over about 6-8
weeks and pain will limit your activity.
The injury is not immobilized and usually
is only treated with pain medicines
obviously I wouldn't play sports for about
6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: open repair of rib fracture?

Plating broken bones: Multiple rib fractures may compromise respiratory function, or a non-healing rib fracture may cause continuing pain. These conditions can sometimes be helped by cutting down to the rib and stabilizing it by screwing on a plate made of metal or other material. ...Read more

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What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows immediate exercises with the torso and shoulders after surgery. Youtube drbentaylor and rib fracture flail chest to see an example video. ...Read more

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Can you get a rib fracture or a problem with your ribs if someone squeezes you in a bear hug too hard?

Sure...: If the person doing the hugging is strong enough, they could break someone else's bones with it. ...Read more

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Does osteoporosis effect the healing of a rib fracture?

Does osteoporosis effect the healing of a rib fracture?

Theoretically yes: But because ribs are not weight bearing bones, not as much as it would affect long bones or vertebra. Osteopenia is probably a contributing factor for the original fracture, making the rib weaker and more prone to fracture. But it should not affect the healing time that much. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a rib fracture puncturing your kidney?

What are the risks of a rib fracture puncturing your kidney?

Unlikely: Though the kidneys reside above the bottom of the rib cage they are surrounded by fat and tissue. Though possible I would think it would be very unlikely. ...Read more

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Multiple rib fracture headaches and dizziness. What could this be?

Multiple rib fracture headaches and dizziness. What could this be?

Unclear: If you sustained localized chest trauma with rib fractures, it is not clear as to connection to headaches. Rib fractures are quite painful. Medications, often narcotics, are associated with both dizziness and headaches in some people. Depending location of rib fractures, associated muscle spasm can result in stiff neck and headache. Mechanism of initial trauma may also be cause. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a rib fracture after getting my back cracked?

How do I know if I have a rib fracture after getting my back cracked?

Exam & X-ray: Unusual, but if there was a flaw in the rib- cyst or some other weakness it may be possible.
Broken ribs have happened with coughing!
sometimes we can feel a callous or rough spot or movement.
Generall, x-ray of the chest and some specific rib films will solve the issue. ...Read more

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X-ray showed a subacute rib fracture with edema. What does this mean?

Just occurred: Sub acute refers to a fracture that just occurred, as opposed to an old fracture which is known as chronic. ...Read more

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What is a "right C7 transverse process fracture and 1st rib fracture"?

Trauma: Cervical spine 7 th lateral portion of vertebrae

first thoracic rib
are near each other
takes a lot to break these- tough bones. ...Read more

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X-ray showed a subacute rib fracture with edema. What does subacute mean?

Recent: An old fracture is referred to as a chronic fracture. The definition varies somewhat, but an acute fracture usually has occurred with 8-12 weeks and subacute means less than that. As a practical matter, when you see the term subacute fracture on an xray report in someone who had an injury it suggests the fracture just happened. ...Read more

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Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Not if it is an est-: -ablished non union. It will help in the future but may need surgery this time. Get evaluation by a thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a posterior and a posterolateral rib fracture?

It is simply: The location of the fracture along the course of the rib. The ribs begin at the junction of the spine near the midline of your back, and curve to the anterior chest., so a posterior fracture would be the back part of the rib, posterolateral would be along your side towards the back. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Rib Fracture (Definition)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in ...Read more