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Doctor insights on: Closed Rib Fracture

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How much does a rib fracture hurt?

How much does a rib fracture hurt?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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What can I do about a rib fracture?

What can I do about a rib fracture?

Pain management: Majority of rib fx will heal with time and pain management. Extremely rare to need any surgical intervention. Those cases are usually markedly displaced or multiple adjacent fxs, as you would see in major trauma like car accidents or fall from height. Read more

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What are the signs of a rib fracture?

What are the signs of a rib fracture?

Severe pain: Severe usually sharp pain of the chest wall increasing with movements, other conditions can cause that as well, so the only way to be sure is to have an x-ray of the ribs. Read more

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What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

Be sure: X-ray, and pain control. In young persons, a single rib is pretty well tolerated. If multiple, or flail, or aged patient the risk of pneumonia and bleeding are increased. Read more

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Can you still exercise with a rib fracture?

Can you still exercise with a rib fracture?

Yes: Actually it's encouraged. It will be painful, but it can help keep the lungs expanded and increases blood flow to the area, which speeds up healing. Read more

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What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

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

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What are the complications of an untreated rib fracture?

Heal on their own: Rib fractures are one of the types that we don't really do much for. They heal up on their own as the two fragments are usually very close to one another. They heal on their own usually within 4 to 6 weeks. Putting pressure on the fracture will be painful so most of the time people avoid that and they heal just fine. Read more

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Could I have a rib fracture without being struck while surfing?

Unusually: Some stretches, pulls, falls at hitting the water at a bad angle might cause enough trauma to fracture a rib. Similarly if the rib is unhealthy for some reason, it might break with less force. Example osteoporosis. Read more

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Why does my left sided rib fracture still hurt after 3 months?

Why does my left sided rib fracture still hurt after 3 months?

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

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Will an old back rib fracture be painful forever?? Its been over 2 years.

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

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What are some common secondary injuries that could occur from a rib fracture?

What are some common secondary injuries that could occur from a rib fracture?

Several: Pneumothorax (lung collapse), lung injury, spleen injury, pneumonia (from splinting) and vascular injury are among the more common. Read more

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Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Yes: Still should be safe if only one but you should get it checked out to be sure. I'd avoid any contact sports. Read more

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How to recover from a rib fracture without getting out of shape?

Low impact: 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

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What precautions do I need to be worried about after a rib fracture?

Common sense: 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

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What is the definition or description of: open repair of rib fracture?

What is the definition or description of: open repair of rib fracture?

Plating broken bones: Multiple rib fractures may compromise respiratory function, or a non-healing rib fracture may cause continuing pain. These conditions can sometimes be helped by cutting down to the rib and stabilizing it by screwing on a plate made of metal or other material. Read more

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What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

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

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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

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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


Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Rib Fracture (Definition)

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