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Closed Rib Fracture
It can hurt: Most rob fractures require relative rest, ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring. ...Read more
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
Pain with breathing:
1) pain when sneezing coughing, laughing, going to the bathroom, twisting, getting dressed, pain with breathing.
2) note - many other things can mimic a rib fracgure including a heart attack (!), herpes zoster (shingles) and GI issues so get checked out. . The good news is that most rib fractures do not require surgery but do indeed hurt and take weeks or months to improve. ...Read more
Yes: Any trauma can cause it accidental or otherwise. ...Read more
May not have healed: Usually broken ribs heal in 2-3 months but occasionally it may take little longer as long as it continues to improve and it is not getting worse in terms of pain just give it some more time to heal completely hopefully it will resolve soon good luck if the pain is getting worse however then talk to your doctor so he may check it out. ...Read more
Old Rib Fx Pain:
Over this 2 year period of time, did you ever try intercostal nerve blocks? These nerves run underneath the ribs and can get irritated following rib fractures. We call it intercostal neuralgia or neuritis. These nerves can successfully be blocked & markedly reduce your symptoms.
What meds have you tried? Topical mix +/- oral neuropathic meds could still help reduce your chronic pain. ...Read more
Unfortunately, rib fractures are painful and simply deep breathing from cardio activities can hurt. Fortunately, these injuries almost always heal without problems assuming no lung injury.
I usually recommend nsaids as tolerated and low impact activities such as walking, cycling or swimming. ...Read more
Most rib fractures will heal over about 6-8
weeks and pain will limit your activity.
The injury is not immobilized and usually
is only treated with pain medicines
obviously I wouldn't play sports for about
6 weeks. ...Read more
Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows immediate exercises with the torso and shoulders after surgery. Youtube drbentaylor and rib fracture flail chest to see an example video. ...Read more
Can you get a rib fracture or a problem with your ribs if someone squeezes you in a bear hug too hard?
Sure...: If the person doing the hugging is strong enough, they could break someone else's bones with it. ...Read more
Unlikely: Though the kidneys reside above the bottom of the rib cage they are surrounded by fat and tissue. Though possible I would think it would be very unlikely. ...Read more
Theoretically yes: But because ribs are not weight bearing bones, not as much as it would affect long bones or vertebra. Osteopenia is probably a contributing factor for the original fracture, making the rib weaker and more prone to fracture. But it should not affect the healing time that much. ...Read more
Unclear: If you sustained localized chest trauma with rib fractures, it is not clear as to connection to headaches. Rib fractures are quite painful. Medications, often narcotics, are associated with both dizziness and headaches in some people. Depending location of rib fractures, associated muscle spasm can result in stiff neck and headache. Mechanism of initial trauma may also be cause. ...Read more
Exam & X-ray:
Unusual, but if there was a flaw in the rib- cyst or some other weakness it may be possible.
Broken ribs have happened with coughing!
sometimes we can feel a callous or rough spot or movement.
Generall, x-ray of the chest and some specific rib films will solve the issue. ...Read more
Just occurred: Sub acute refers to a fracture that just occurred, as opposed to an old fracture which is known as chronic. ...Read more
Cervical spine 7 th lateral portion of vertebrae
first thoracic rib
are near each other
takes a lot to break these- tough bones. ...Read more
Rib fracture: Anything is possible. However, this is very rare. ...Read more
Recent: An old fracture is referred to as a chronic fracture. The definition varies somewhat, but an acute fracture usually has occurred with 8-12 weeks and subacute means less than that. As a practical matter, when you see the term subacute fracture on an xray report in someone who had an injury it suggests the fracture just happened. ...Read more
It is simply: The location of the fracture along the course of the rib. The ribs begin at the junction of the spine near the midline of your back, and curve to the anterior chest., so a posterior fracture would be the back part of the rib, posterolateral would be along your side towards the back. ...Read more
Can an old Crohn's disease flare up 2 weeks after I stop bleeding cause another bleeding flare up from a 3 rib fracture 3 days after the first flare up?
Possible: Crohn's disease can flare up and be off and on. If you have continuing symptoms, a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you. ...Read more
Infrequent: A myocardial contusion is contusion (bruise) of the cardiac muscle (heart muscle). It is usually a consequence of blunt trauma to the anterior chest wall, and the right heart is thought to be most commonly affected because of anterior position. Usually, there are associated injuries such as sternal and/or rib fracture, . ...Read more
Rib fracture: Most rob fractures require relative rest, ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring. ...Read more
With exam and xrays it is possible to determine most of the time.
Some do not clarify for a few weeks and bone resorption at the fracture becomes obvious.
Both hurt a lot! ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more