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Doctor insights on: Broken Ribs Vs Bruised Ribs

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How do I care for bruised ribs?

How do I care for bruised ribs?

Rest, meds: There is not much you can do for bruised ribs you will need to rest until symptoms resolve and nsaids may help. Its good to get an xray to make sure you don't have a fracture which will obviously take 6-8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How much time can bruised ribs last?

How much time can bruised ribs last?

Weeks: weeks or a month or more if fractured. ...Read more

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How long does it take bruised ribs to heal?

How long does it take bruised ribs to heal?

Depends: It depends on the severity and whether there is a fracture involved, but it could be 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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What can I do to help bruised ribs heal faster?

What can I do to help bruised ribs heal faster?

Natural timing: With injury to our tissues, inflammation (red, hot, swelling, tenderness) occurs. There is leakage of blood from damaged capillaries and veins which collects under the skin and causes the purple blue coloring we call a bruise. Over time, damaged tissues heal and blood collections are reabsorbed. Protect the area to promote fastest healing. Motrin/advil will help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a few bruised ribs?

What are the symptoms of having a few bruised ribs?

See below: Usually bruised ribs will feel sore at the site of the bruise. Other symptoms might be difficulty with breathing because the ribs move when we breath. When ribs are actually broken there is a remote chance that a broken piece can puncture the lung underneath it which would cause severe shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Pain for bruised ribs. What can I take to help the pain?

Pain for bruised ribs. What can I take to help the pain?

NSAIDS: Ibuprofen, the generic for Motrin, or naproxen, the generic for Aleve, are both good options. Bruised ribs can take awhile to heal and can hurt just as much as a fracture. Remember to take regular deep breaths when you have bruised or fractured ribs so that you don't develop lung infections. ...Read more

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What are powerful ways to reduce the pain of bruised ribs?

Tylenol/NSAIDs: Regular over the counter pain meds can ease the pain. Alternating warmth and cool may help. Narcotics should not be required. If pain is severe confirm no fracture. ...Read more

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What to do if I have cracked or bruised ribs?

What to do if I have cracked or bruised ribs?

X-rays fine?: If you have been checked for any lung puncture and the ribs are just cracked, you should have been prescribed pain medication. A muscle relaxant can help in addition. A lidocaine patch could help (script). You can use your hand or a pillow as a splint when you need to move or take those deep breaths. Heating pad helps. Be sure to see a doc if you have any fever, cough, or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What kind of pain pills can I take for bruised ribs?

What kind of pain pills can I take for bruised ribs?

NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medications can be very helpful for musculoskeletal pain. My patients have found auricular acupuncture superior to both nsaid's and narcotics for rib fractures/ pain. ...Read more