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Dr. Stefan Chock
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Chest Trauma (Overview)

Any injury to chest wall, lung , heart or other structures in the chest, apart from the spine itself. This may result from blunt force, blast injury, penetrating injury or sudden and massive accelerating / decelerating forces.


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No insurance. Student debt. Lousy pay. Long hours. How can I take care of my chest trauma?

No insurance. Student debt. Lousy pay. Long hours. How can I take care of my chest trauma?

Rest, ice and..: ...Pain relievers (tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for example). Wait...This all assumes you are not seriously injured. By chest trauma are you referring to sore ribs from wrestling your friend, or major blunt chest injury with lung contusion, bleeding etc., if its more the latter, get to the hospital, insurance or not. ...Read more

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Dr. Stefan Chock
55 doctors shared insights

Chest Trauma (Overview)

Any injury to chest wall, lung , heart or other structures in the chest, apart from the spine itself. This may result from blunt force, blast injury, penetrating injury or sudden and massive accelerating / decelerating forces.


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Is there a collision speed beyond which seatbelts are helpful (ie causes chest trauma). Just curious - obviously going to use one!?

Is there a collision speed beyond which seatbelts are helpful (ie causes chest trauma). Just curious - obviously going to use one!?

Beyond a Belt: Since seatbelts are themselves not the cause of chest trauma resulting in serious injury, but rather the deceleration of the collision, it is the speed that is the factor. Seatbelts will always serve the purpose they were intended to do, i.e. Keep an individual from being thrown from the vehicle. Superficial trauma comes from the seatbelt, but internal trauma comes from shear forces on organs. ...Read more

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Ok i've got chest trauma. What should I do?

Ok i've got chest trauma. What should I do?

See a doctor: Chest trauma is a very large topic. It can range anywhere from a rib fracture to major internal organ injury. The majority of chest trauma is caused from blunt injury such as car accidents, falls, etc. If you are involved in an accident and have pain, shortness of breath, bleeding, light headedness, vomiting, palpitations, or other symptoms you need to be evaluated in an er. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get chest trauma, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get chest trauma, or is it unusual?

Occasional: Chest trauma occurs when the chest receives a direct blow. Common causes include motor vehicle accidents, sports accidents, personal altercations (a punch to the chest), falls, and industrial injuries. Minor trauma is uncomfortable but does not affect breathing. More major trauma may include broken ribs or sternum, and can affect breathing and may reflect injury inside the chest. ...Read more

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What problems can come from chest trauma?

What problems can come from chest trauma?

Many: Collapsed lungs, pain, paradoxical chest movements, depending on the severity. You should see a doctor to assess them. ...Read more

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Ok i've got chest trauma. What should I do?

See a doctor: Chest trauma is a very large topic. It can range anywhere from a rib fracture to major internal organ injury. The majority of chest trauma is caused from blunt injury such as car accidents, falls, etc. If you are involved in an accident and have pain, shortness of breath, bleeding, light headedness, vomiting, palpitations, or other symptoms you need to be evaluated in an er. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get chest trauma, or is it unusual?

Occasional: Chest trauma occurs when the chest receives a direct blow. Common causes include motor vehicle accidents, sports accidents, personal altercations (a punch to the chest), falls, and industrial injuries. Minor trauma is uncomfortable but does not affect breathing. More major trauma may include broken ribs or sternum, and can affect breathing and may reflect injury inside the chest. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chest trauma?

What is the definition or description of: chest trauma?

Chest injury: Any injury to chest wall, lung , heart or other structures in the chest, apart from the spine itself. This may result from blunt force, blast injury, penetrating injury or sudden and massive accelerating / decelerating forces. ...Read more

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No insurance. Student debt. Lousy pay. Long hours. How can I take care of my chest trauma?

Rest, ice and..: ...Pain relievers (tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for example). Wait...This all assumes you are not seriously injured. By chest trauma are you referring to sore ribs from wrestling your friend, or major blunt chest injury with lung contusion, bleeding etc., if its more the latter, get to the hospital, insurance or not. ...Read more

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