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Had first rib removal surgery for a broken rib and now I'm having sharp pains in right shoulder (same side) under collar bone. could it be related?

Had first rib removal surgery for a broken rib and now I'm having sharp pains in right shoulder (same side) under collar bone. could it be related?

Yes : I would wonder about scar tissue formation causing irritation in pain. Best to talk to your surgeon regarding this. Best of luck with this Dr. R ...Read more

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

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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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medicines on as needed basis
Daily
Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

Chest X-Ray...: Often you can suspect it by having pain with breathing. Broken ribs are usually caused by trauma of some sort (car accident, fights, falling, etc). The best test is an x-ray or ct scan to determine for sure. The treatment is usually just pain medication alone. Rarely is surgery used for broken ribs. ...Read more

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Can you get a broken rib from falling backwards?

Yes you can.: Broken ribs are most commonly the result of blunt trauma. A simple fall can result in a broken rib or two. Most heal on their own without surgery, but it appears that multiple broken ribs that affect breathing do better when fixed with modern plate and screw devices. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Walk in water
daily
Avoid bending forward while lifting
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Avoid jumping
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Take a calcium supplement
Daily
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How long will I be required to stay in a hospital for a broken rib?

How long will I be required to stay in a hospital for a broken rib?

Usually not: Most broken ribs are minimally displaced and are treated with taping to minimize movement and discharge home from the er with anti-pain medication. Rarely a broken rib is significantly displaced and can threaten to puncture lung or its linings and that may generate a hospital admission. ...Read more

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My friend got in a car crash and got a broken rib and broken leg. When can he come home?

My friend got in a car crash and got a broken rib and broken leg. When can he come home?

Depends...: If he requires surgery for his leg, that would increase his length of stay compared to if he just got a cast. Once his fractures are dealt with, and there are no other health issues going on, pain control will be the limiting factor for being able to go home. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

See a Spine Specialist for specific diagnosis and treatment options
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Obtain Bone Density risk & obtain Dexa if appropriate. Vitamins per MD
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Consider Kyphoplasty vs surgery
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What can a doctor do about a broken rib? I've not heard of a "cast" for rib fractures.

Give it time: There is no specific treatment required for a broken rib. These heal in approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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