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How do you heal a broken rib?

How do you heal a broken rib?

Time: All broken bones heal with time usually. A high calcium diet may help speed things up if you're deficient, but ultimately, time is the only cure. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Rib Fracture (Definition)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in ...Read more


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What can I do to help heal a broken rib from karate?

What can I do to help heal a broken rib from karate?

Rest: Rib injuries are pretty common in karate and MMA. Initially you may want to ice the sore ribs for 20 min at a time the first 3 days - most important time is right after the injury to limit swelling and bleeding. After that, it just takes time. We no longer recommend wrapping the chest with compression wraps because it will prevent you from taking full breaths and increase your risk of pneumonia ...Read more

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What's the fastest way to heal a broken rib? Do i wrap it up or just leave it be?

What's the fastest way to heal a broken rib? Do i wrap it up or just leave it be?

Variable: Be examined. Get chest x-ray front or back rib. More than one rib? Pain? Complications can include pneumothorax, blood in chest, pneumonia. Wraps usually are not very much help. ...Read more

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How long should it take a broken rib to heal?

How long should it take a broken rib to heal?

8 weeks: The ribs take approximately 8 weeks to heal. You'll likely have pain for awhile after, however, due to the muscle injury associated with rib fractures. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a broken rib to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a broken rib to heal?

4-6 weeks: Having experienced several personally, the pain will calm down in 2-3 weeks and take an average of 4-6 weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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How would trauma doctors heal punctured lung due to a broken rib?

How would trauma doctors heal punctured lung due to a broken rib?

Chest tube: A punctured lung (pneumothorax) from trauma (rib fracture) is likely to cause lung collapse and blood in chest cavity (hemothorax). 1 or several chest-tubes would likely be needed to drain fluid (&blood) and re-inflate the lung using negative pressure (suction on the chest tubes). The chest tubes remain until the lung remains inflated when chest tubes are clamped. ...Read more

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Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Not if it is an est-: -ablished non union. It will help in the future but may need surgery this time. Get evaluation by a thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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How can a broken rib be fixed?

How can a broken rib be fixed?

Tincture of time: A simple rib fracture is usually allowed to heal on its' own. A more complex fracture that has injured underlying lung may require surgical reduction but that is unusual. ...Read more

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How bad would a broken rib feel?

How bad would a broken rib feel?

It can be very : Painful but pain tolerances vary from individual to individual. Even a bruised or contused rib can be quite painful to the point that breathing can hurt. If causing enough pain or breathing difficulty, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

Chest X-Ray...: Often you can suspect it by having pain with breathing. Broken ribs are usually caused by trauma of some sort (car accident, fights, falling, etc). The best test is an x-ray or ct scan to determine for sure. The treatment is usually just pain medication alone. Rarely is surgery used for broken ribs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken rib?

What are the symptoms of a broken rib?

Pain: Following some trauma? Pain, shortness of breath, tender over that rib and perhaps above and below sometimes numbness toward the front of the chest if the underlying lung was traumatized: pneumothorax hematoma and pleural effusions are potentials. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a broken rib?

How do you know if you have a broken rib?

Xray: The only way to know if your rib is truly broken is with an xray. This simple diagnostic test creates a picture of the rib cage which your physician can use to evaluate your pain. Sometimes it can be hard to see a fracture on xray. Typically these breaks take up to 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How can someone with newly broken rib dance?

Slow dance: Depends on how you dance. Certainly no lifts and no strenuous or sudden movements. ...Read more

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Why does my broken rib still hurt after years?

Why does my broken rib still hurt after years?

Scar tissue : Scar tissue may have entrapped neighboring nerve. Or nerve may have been injured along with rib and a neuroma was formed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken rib in athlete?

Pain in the chest: Usually after a blow to the chest and accompanied by pain at the site of injury, pain on breathing, and pain when you push on the breastbone. A chest xray may be needed after an exam by a physician. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to cure a broken rib?

How long does it usually take to cure a broken rib?

Gnenrslly 3-6 weeks: It depends on the severity and if there is an associated flail chest or punctured lung or hemopneumothorax which require urgent care. However in the vast majority of cases nothing is done. This will take a minimum of 3 weeks for callus formation to stabilize the fracture and decrease pain but may take up to two years for complete healing. ...Read more