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Met with accident 3 days ago and my chest hit the steering. Now it feels painful on the chest area and sometimes when I am breathing. Is it serious?

Met with accident 3 days ago and my chest hit the steering. Now it feels painful on the chest area and sometimes when I am breathing. Is it serious?

Chest contusion: You may have a chest wall (sternum or rib) contusion or fracture. The likelihood of injury depends on the speed you were driving at the time of the accident. Did the airbags deploy? If you are having difficulty breathing urgently visit a doctor. ...Read more

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Soreness on the left side of my chest. I hit my chest with the handle of the hedge trimmer. No bruise but tender to touch. Any remedies?

Soreness on the left side of my chest.  I  hit my chest with the handle of the hedge trimmer.  No bruise but tender to touch. Any remedies?

Heating pad: This could still be a bruise, only deeper. If so then a heating pad (medium heat) for maybe 5-10 minutes a few times a day may help this resolve. If it doesn't then you should have someone take a look. ...Read more

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How is the heart protected? Is it securely protected by muscles and bones/ribs? Can the heart easily get injured if the middle of your chest gets hit?

How is the heart protected? Is it securely protected by muscles and bones/ribs? Can the heart easily get injured if the middle of your chest gets hit?

Chest wall: One of the main functions of the chest wall (and its bones, cartilage and muscles) is to protect the heart and other internal organs. That being said, being struck square in the chest--i.e., by a steering wheel, handlebars, baseball, etc.--carries a risk of trauma to the heart, depending on the strength of the force exerted. ...Read more

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My bf has chest pain ever vice he got punched in the chest. If he hits it it stops hurting for a while. Can it be fractured?

My bf has chest pain ever vice he got punched in the chest. If he hits it it stops hurting for a while. Can it be fractured?

Chest pain: If you punch a fractured rib, it would cause serious pain. He might have some displacement of a costal cartilage. He ought to see a doc and be examined. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chest pains from getting hit ?

Abuse?: I hope this was an accident and not an abusive situation?Try: rest, heat, analgesics (ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen) and give it time. Protect the area from re-injury. Good luck, JPrice1 ! ...Read more