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Can I work out with a healing fractured rib?

Can I work out with a healing fractured rib?

Depends: Depends what kind of fracture you have and how long you have been injured. Posterior fractures may have a greater risk of puncturing a lung. Check with your doc! ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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How much longer for my T11 fractured rib to heal? It has been almost 2.5 years and I don't know how to speed this up. X-ray showed healing normally.

How much longer for my T11 fractured rib to heal?  It has been almost 2.5 years and I don't know how to speed this up. X-ray showed healing normally.

Fractured rib: How did that happen? It should not take 2.5 years to heal a rib fracture. You need to have your doctor be more specific and find a specialist to speed up the repair of your fracture. ...Read more

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After 7weeks found out 10th rib is fractured, not healing.Still in moderate to severe pain, still popping. Hard to move around without pain.What to do?

After 7weeks found out 10th rib is fractured, not healing.Still in moderate to severe pain, still popping. Hard to move around without pain.What to do?

Wait : Rib fracture almost always heal, so if you can hang in there it should be pretty well healed up over the next two to four weeks. If it is particularly painful, an intercostal nerve block can relieve the pain but it may be short term. Make sure you are not using nicotine or taking NSAIDs, both of which can delay bone healing. ...Read more

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X-ray showed healing posterior fractures of 2nd 3rd and 4th ribs. There is painful grinding when I shrug my shoulders. Is this common?

Yes: Yes, until there is complete healing at the fracture site, there may still be motion at the fracture leading to the grinding. I would just make sure your doctor is aware in case there is some other injury you have sustained in addition to your rib fractures. ...Read more

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Treatment options for multiple rib fractures? Thanks!

Pain control: Rib fractures usually do not require surgery or any sort of splinting. The key to treating rib fractures is to get the pain under control with anti-inflammatories, and narcotics if necessary. Ice and/or heat to the area may help with the pain as well. ...Read more

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Can doing cardio exercise delay the healing of rib fractures?

Depends on: how vigorous you exercise. But if it is causing little or no pain, it is probably ok to continue. ...Read more

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Is weight lifting a bad idea with healing rib fractures?

Is weight lifting a bad idea with healing rib fractures?

Yes, take a rest!: Ribs are utilized during breathing and almost every movement of your body directly or indirectly. There are muscles between the ribs that are in constant motion as you breathe. In order for a bone to heal, it needs to be offloaded of movement as much as possible. The pain should be limiting you if you have rib fractures. You can allow your body to heal by avoiding weight lifting for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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