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What must I do for fractured rib?

What must I do for fractured rib?

Depends: If you have only one or two fractured ribs, there isnt too much to do, and time is your best ally. Breathing exercises and pain medication really is all you can do. The pain should resolve over a span of approximately 3 months. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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How do I know that I have a fractured rib?

How do I know that I have a fractured rib?

Easy to break a rib!: If you've had an injury that puts unusual force against a rib, you may be able to feel a very tender spot at the point of fracture. An xray can confirm a fracture. Often, however, you don't see the fracture initially - but a little while later, after new bone has formed around the fracture site. You often don't do much - other than comfort measures - as the broken rib heals...About six weeks! ...Read more

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What do you do if someone got a fractured rib?

What do you do if someone got a fractured rib?

Pain control: Pain control is the mainstay for fractured ribs. Only on rare occasions, when patients are polytraumatized, we will operate on them using plates and screws to improve their lung function and decrease their stay in the icu. Otherwise, we let them heal on their own. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a fractured rib not to heal after a year?

Is it possible for a fractured rib not to heal after a year?

Definitely: If a fracture doesn't heal, it is called a nonunion. For this injury, i typically obtain a plain xray first to evaluate, but more than likely, a ct scan is needed to look for the nonunion (and any other injuries). If the nonunion is painful, you may benefit from surgery. There are several centers across the us that perform this type of surgery, but not many. ...Read more

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How soon can I go back to work after getting a fractured rib?

How soon can I go back to work after getting a fractured rib?

It depends: What kind of work you do and what kind of fracture rib you have , disc job you could go back in few days. If you have complicated fracture rib check with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can one best alleviate the pain of a fractured rib and how long should pain last?

How can one best alleviate the pain of a fractured rib and how long should pain last?

Ouch!: Rib fractures can be extremely painful. We used to prescribe chest binders - a wrap that goes around your chest - to help support the area, but no longer do so because it's been found that they don't help healing or pain much. You can get some pain relief by taking anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen). Be sure to not take more than recommended. Ice applied to the area might help too. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a fractured rib?

Time: Most rib fractures will heal over time with no treatment needed. Most care is supportive, trying to stay comfortable until healing occurs. ...Read more

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Can I work out with a healing fractured rib?

Can I work out with a healing fractured rib?

Depends: Depends what kind of fracture you have and how long you have been injured. Posterior fractures may have a greater risk of puncturing a lung. Check with your doc! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i could ease pain from fractured ribs?

Can you tell me how i could ease pain from fractured ribs?

Thoracic compression: Rib pain is significant and lasts a long time. Compression of the thorax and splinting the injured ribs is helpful. It is the reason that you hold and press against your chest about the area of the fractured rib. Historically, rib binders were use. If you're female, and extra length paneled brassiere will help support the chest wall. For the fellas – ace wrapping or strapping. Beware pneumonia! ...Read more

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If you have a fractured rib can you still get up and walk around or is it too painful?

If you have a fractured rib can you still get up and walk around or is it too painful?

Usually ok to walk: The pain can be quite significant and it generally hurts to cough or even to breathe. I found an interferential stimulator applied to the area of the broken rib or ribs can relieve the pain quite successfully. ...Read more

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