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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
58 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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If you had to boil it down, what is chest trauma?

If you had to boil it down, what is chest trauma?

Kinetic energy: Deceleration trauma, baro trauma, penetrating trauma. All of these are forms of thoracic trauma. They may result or not on life threatening situations depending on the kinetic energy transfer. ...Read more

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What causes costochondritis other than chest trauma?

Multiple causes:: Trauma being one that you mentioned; Others include: Inflammation from any reason; Infection, like Viral, bacterial, etc; Idiopathic, where no cause can be found for it. I believe a number of mechanisms work together and in most cases no particular cause can be identified. ...Read more

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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!?

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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What type of doctor should I see for chest trauma?

What type of doctor should I see for chest trauma?

Depends on severity: Depending on the severity of the injury, your primary md may be able to help you or perhaps refer you to a thoracic surgeon or trauma surgeon. ...Read more

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No rhyme/reason resting chest pain radiates up neck intense lasting 15-30mins, cardiac work up all normal 1900 pvc's in 48hrs, no chest trauma, advice?

No rhyme/reason resting chest pain radiates up neck intense lasting 15-30mins, cardiac work up all normal 1900 pvc's in 48hrs, no chest trauma, advice?

Vasospasm: What if the muscles in the wall of an artery in heart clamps down, with resultant decreased flow of blood, then opens? In theory, workup could be negative and yet you have a problem. A medicine to relax those muscles would help. Other non cardiac causes, thereafter. But you have pvcs. ...Read more

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When should one be concerned about mild chest trauma? 72 hours ago, fell about 4 feet and chest landed squarely on padded surface. A bit sore, but no shortness of breath, bruising, hypotension, etc.

When should one be concerned about mild chest trauma? 72 hours ago, fell about 4 feet and chest landed squarely on padded surface. A bit sore, but no shortness of breath, bruising, hypotension, etc.

Not yet, BUT...: After a blow to the chest, some degree of soreness is predictable. Things that should prompt a trip to your doctor or ER: *Severe pain *Shortness of breath *Lightheadedness *Coughing bloody mucous or just plain blood *Nausea / vomiting *Increasing tenderness in the upper belly If those symptoms aren't there, you will probably recover just fine. If in doubt? See your doc for a checkup. ...Read more

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Chronic mid back pain radiates to sides/ribs both sides for 2 months. No trauma. Chest X-ray clear. Abdominal ultra sound clear. What is this pain?

Chronic mid back pain radiates to sides/ribs both sides for 2 months. No trauma. Chest X-ray clear. Abdominal ultra sound clear. What is this pain?

Pain: it could be a myo fasciitis I would try some anti-inflammatories such as Aleve (naproxen) 200 mg or 400 mg once or twice a day and add some hot compresses to the areas that are you are complaining ...Read more

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Is my chest injury serious?

Is my chest injury serious?

Need more details: A chest injury can lead to a minor bruise, a popped lung, an injured heart or torn blood vessels inside the chest. Thus, chest injuries can be minor or life threatening. You have expressed concern and you will need to see a doctor who can check to see what kind of injury you have. ...Read more

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