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Dr. William Harris
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Have rib contusions what is the best thing to do for pain.

Have rib contusions what is the best thing to do for pain.

Conservative care: Just go with tylenol and advil with local heat alternating with cold. You don't want to wrap your chest with an ace bandage or any other type of binder, because you don't want to inhibit full inhalation or you may set yourself up for getting a pneumonia! relative rest and time should do the job. If things don't get any better or you have shortness of breath, you may need to check in with your fp. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. David Teicheira
Board Certified, Pain Management
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Which is the best natural pain reliever to get when you have a broken rib?

Which is the best natural pain reliever to get when you have a broken rib?

Anti-inflammatories: Broken ribs take longer to heal than some injuries because the ribs are always moving. The only truly “natural” pain reliever are the endorphins your body makes. Some people and some studies have shown that white willow bark is an effective anti-inflammatory. Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil (and not plant oil) can be very potent anti-inflammatories, but take weeks to months to take work. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. William Patterson
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What are the best treatment options to relieve a broken rib?

Pain in chest: If uncomplicated after exam by a physician, you should rest, take pain meds if needed, apply ice to the site and be sure to breathe as deeply as possible while healing which can take 4-6 weeks.Do not wrap your chest even though it may feel better! ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
45 years in practice
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Best treatment for broken ribs, concussion?

Best treatment for broken ribs, concussion?

Injury treatment: For broken ribs - immobilization and avoid pressure on the ribs. A chest x-ray may determine if you have a pneumothorax, tear of a lung by the broken rib. For concussion, the most significant treatment is rest. If you have dizziness, fatigue, irritability, difficult thinking clearly, speech difficulty, memory problems, consult your doctor or a neurologist for management if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Michio Abe
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Rib torsion/twisted rib syndrome. How best to treat?

Rib torsion/twisted rib syndrome. How best to treat?

Rib torsion/twisted: Is it due to a sports injury or a car accident? You should be seen by a physician for it for evaluation and treatment plan. You might need some imaging studies. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic and/or muscle relaxant meds could help. Physical therapy could help. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Esterberg
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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How can I best find cause of pain in back below rib cage?

How can I best find cause of pain in back below rib cage?

Back pain: Muscle strain is the most common cause. Other spine related causes include disc degeneration, arthritis, disc herniations, slipped vertebra. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How can one best alleviate the pain of a fractured rib and how long should pain last?

How can one best alleviate the pain of a fractured rib and how long should pain last?

Ouch!: Rib fractures can be extremely painful. We used to prescribe chest binders - a wrap that goes around your chest - to help support the area, but no longer do so because it's been found that they don't help healing or pain much. You can get some pain relief by taking anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen). Be sure to not take more than recommended. Ice applied to the area might help too. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Mandell
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
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Best steroid to heal rib injury?

Best steroid to heal rib injury?

None: Steroids are not routinely used in the treatment of broken ribs. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
25 years in practice
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How and wat is the best and most pain free way too sleep with fractured ribs ?

How and wat is the best and most pain free way too sleep with fractured ribs ?

Time : Time and pain meds. Other than that, operative rib fixation will decrease the time, but at the expense if operative risk, which is low. The procedure however is not frequently done, and you may have a tough time finding anyone who does it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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What is the best imaging for lymp node in the chest? ? And what is the best imaging for ribs metastases? ?

What is the best imaging for lymp node in the chest? ? And what is the best imaging for ribs metastases? ?

Lymph nodes: The best way to image lymph nodes in the chest is a contrast-enhanced CT scan. As far as rib metastases, several different choices exist, depending on the clinical question. Bone scan is good for detecting the presence of bone mets, PET/CT also for better anatomic detail with known tumors. Standard CT can also be useful, especially if chest ct already being performed for adenopathy. ...Read more

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