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11th Rib Fracture
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Any trauma can cause it accidental or otherwise. Read more
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get a rib fracture or a problem with your ribs if someone squeezes you in a bear hug too hard?
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