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Doctor insights on: How Can One Best Alleviate The Pain Of A Fractured Rib And How Long Should Pain Last

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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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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 long will 3 posterior rib fractures hurt?

How long will 3 posterior rib fractures hurt?

Varies: Most rib fractures take approximately 6-8 weeks to heal. Thankfully, many patients start feeling better by 2-4 weeks. Moist heat, medications can help with the pain. ...Read more

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How long does it take for fractured ribs to heal? Are there any huge risks of walking around with broken ribs?

How long does it take for fractured ribs to heal? Are there any huge risks of walking around with broken ribs?

Rib healing: No real good studies on rib fractures. They can hurt for weeks or longer depending on how bad the fractures are. Usually walking around is good. ...Read more

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How long will it take 3 posterior rib fractures to heal?

Weeks: Symptons will resolve in 2-6 weeks with complete healing from 6 weeks to 3 months ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a slight fracture of the rib?

How long does it take to heal a slight fracture of the rib?

Pain is worse: For a few days, followed by 6-8 weeks for healing. After a few days the worst pain usually is gone and it just aches with deep breathing and certain motions and many don't need pan meds. It is important to make sure you are getting a good deep breath and don't develop other issue and to determine the cause or quality of the break with xrays. ....Just don't assume. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a hairline fracture in the ribs to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a hairline fracture in the ribs to heal?

Weeks to months: The healing time of fractures in ribs and other bones depends on displacement of fracture fragments. If no displacement fracture usually heals the quickest. Rib fractures if not displaced are one of fastest healing fractures. Hairline fracture is nondisplaced fracture. Healing begins in 10 days and usually compete by couple months. ...Read more

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How long will it take a rib fracture to heel?

How long will it take a rib fracture to heel?

Depends: It takes about 8-12 weeks to heal the bone and about the same for the muscle. Your pain should improve significantly by then. There is no change in healing rate compared to # of broken ribs. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal broken ribs, not sure if fracture or broke is same?

How long does it take to heal broken ribs, not sure if fracture or broke is same?

Same thing, differen: -terminology. The usually start to feel better in a couple weeks, & over a period of 4-8 weeks they fade away. Most people can't say when they were healed & pain gone. It is gradually progressing along.. ...Read more

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Fractured ribs on both sides in two accidents the last one was in feb. I can't lay my sides or my stomach cause of pain. Should I see doct or chiro?

Fractured ribs on both sides in two accidents the last one was in feb. I can't lay my sides or my stomach cause of pain. Should I see doct or chiro?

Ribs: I would get rib xrays first (not from the chiropractor). If the ribs look well healed and the lungs look good then a trip to a chiropractor or an osteopath who does manipulation might be helpful to get your ribs moving normally again. Because rib pain can be quite complex, you might end up needing a team approach with a doctor and a chiropractor and possibly physical therapy. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

Red flag: I must know whether this was an injury sustained during birth, and whether the diagnosis is made by a trusted radiologist. A rib fracture in an infant is deeply concerning for inflicted trauma. I would discuss this with a trusted physician / child health care team. Often we do not truly know even those closest to us. For your sake & junior's, address this. ...Read more

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Had a car accident totaled car. Broke 2 ribs fractured 4 more plus collar bone. Happened end of nov. How long will pain be intense. In SEVERE PAIN!!!

Had a car accident totaled car. Broke 2 ribs fractured 4 more plus collar bone. Happened end of nov. How long will pain be intense. In SEVERE PAIN!!!

Another 3-4 weeks at: Least, as the rib Fxs certainly hurt. Its only been 2 weeks since your accident.
Things U can do to help yourself, include:-
1: Heating pad ;
2: Support your chest during Cough/sneeze, with hand (s), or a cushion that U hug;
3: Muscle relaxers;
4: Cough syrup to suppress it;
5:Request your Doc for some Intercostal blocks of anesthetic meds. Maybe helpful.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Two ribs fractured my fibula and dislocated my ankle, how long will it be before I'm good enough to play sports?

Two ribs fractured my fibula and dislocated my ankle, how long will it be before I'm good enough to play sports?

Depends: It sounds as though you had quite the accident. Fractured ribs are painful enough, the fracture/dislocation of an ankle can have long rehabilitation schedules. In addition, of course, it also depends on what sports you want to play. You most likely had surgery on the ankle. I would ask the surgeon for his opinion, he would know better than anyone else.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Last year my brother fractured a rib three times and is still feeling a little pain every so often. Will this go away or is it a permanent feeling?

Rib fx: Rib fractures can commonly caused some persistent discomfort as that sometimes they do not heal completely or he'll in what we call a nonunion or a pseudoarthrosis. They can move ever so slightly and can cause some discomfort this may diminish with time but there may be a small component of persistence over the long-term ...Read more

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I got tackled by a stray dog. I hit the ground hard. For the last two days I've had a pain in my floating rib area. Could a rib be fractured?

I got tackled by a stray dog. I hit the ground hard. For the last two days I've had a pain in my floating rib area. Could a rib be fractured?

It's possible.: Perhaps it would be a good idea to see your primary care physician for an exam and an xray if indicated. I'm glad the stray dog didn't bite you. Rabies shots are no fun! ...Read more

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How and wat is the best and most pain free way too sleep with fractured ribs?

How and wat is the best and most pain free way too sleep with fractured ribs?

Time: Time and pain meds. Other than that, operative rib fixation will decrease the time, but at the expense if operative risk, which is low. The procedure however is not frequently done, and you may have a tough time finding anyone who does it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have an endoscopy scheduled but I fractured a rib last night. Will this affect the procedure?

Rib fractures: No it should not effect the procedure. You should be monitored a little closer afterwards to make sure the pain from your rib fracture isn't keeping you from taking deep breaths. ...Read more

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How much longer for my T11 fractured rib to heal? It has been almost 2.5 years and I don't know how to speed this up. X-ray showed healing normally.

2.5 years?: Did you really mean 2 and one half years? If it has not healed by now, it is not likely to heal on its own unless something is done. Even a very silly healing fracture would have healed by now. This is a nonunion and not a delayed Union. Talk to your doctor about other options. ...Read more

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about rib fracture. Is that ok?

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about rib fracture. Is that ok?

No it is not: This rib frature from truma, could cause lung problems, you should tell him please. Thanks. ...Read more

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My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

Don't exactly kno-: -what a "back rib" is, but I assume U mean a regular rib near the spine. All healing bones have an area of swelling around them, especially visible in thinner people. This is a normal finding. ...Read more

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I have had a CT of the chest in ER and was told I have several fractures to my ribs. One acute rib fracture and several healed, and Chronic rib fractu?

I have had a CT of the chest in ER and was told I have several fractures to my ribs. One acute rib fracture and several healed, and Chronic rib fractu?

Underlying problems?: Multiple rib fractures over time are concerning for problems with the bones (osteoporosis, cancer in the ribs, poor nutrition), or repeat trauma. Repeat trauma can be related to frequent falls from a neurologic condition, chronic alcoholism, or abuse. Proper evaluation of the possible causes of repeat rib fractures requires addressing numerous factors, which could be handled by a family physician. ...Read more

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My bf having back and chest fracture. Till how much time he cannot drive to long kilometres?

My bf having back and chest fracture. Till how much time he cannot drive to long kilometres?

Depends: Depending on the severity of the fractures, he may not be able to drive long distances for upwards of 6 -12 weeks, mainly because of the associated pain as well as the frequent turning/twisting that is required when driving. ...Read more

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It's been 3 wish since fractured sternum, what would be the best position to be in if I had to sneeze? Sitting, standing, pillow to chest?

It's been 3 wish since fractured sternum, what would be the best position to be in if I had to sneeze? Sitting, standing, pillow to chest?

Recovering Injury: There is no medical advice to give you. You should be in all of these positions in a day and may work to find the best way to keep your lungs well inflated with breathing deeply. ...Read more