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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have pain on my upper, back side of my ribs, there is a knot and it is very painful. I have ontogenesis imperfecta. What is the best treatment?

I have pain on my upper, back side of my ribs, there is a knot and it is very painful. I have ontogenesis imperfecta. What is the best treatment?

Broken bone: You may have fractured a rib, and the knot is the healing break. It can take weeks or months for rib breaks to heal. Consider calling the doctor who cares for your osteogenesis imperfecta. ...Read more

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Cracked ribs at a festival - what's the best method of pain relief? / best recovery options?

Cracked ribs at a festival - what's the best method of pain relief? / best recovery options?

Cracked ribs?: Confirmed by xray? If just bruised, ice & anti-infammatory med like aleve/advil/motrin. If actually broken, doc can rx Lidocaine pain patches to ease the pain or possibly do intercostal nerve block (with Lidocaine ± steroid) for longer lasting relief. Avoid rib belts as they tend to limit breathing & increase risk of pneumonia. ...Read more

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If my rib cartilidge keeps popping out on a regular basis what would be the best treatment?

If my rib cartilidge keeps popping out on a regular basis what would be the best treatment?

Several things: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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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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