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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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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a broken rib?

6-8 weeks: If only one! heals pretty well in a young person. Older, more ribs, makes it longer! ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a broken rib and a pulled rib muscle? What should I do for either one?

How can you tell the difference between a broken rib and a pulled rib muscle? What should I do for either one?

Difficult: Early on, the symptoms of rib fracture and pulled muscle may be very similar. With a broken rib, there should also be tenderness over the fracture site. Pulled muscles with resolve with time and simple treatment. If they symptoms do not decrease after several days, a cxr would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Cracked, bruised or broken rib? Not sure, but regular chest X-ray can or cannot tell?

Need further work: With this, you'll need further work up. A chest ct scan will tell for sure, but the treatment migh be the same: time. It really depends on your situation and what's injured. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a rib fracture or just bruising?

How do I tell if I have a rib fracture or just bruising?

You cannot: 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

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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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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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Which is the best natural pain reliever to get when you have a broken rib?

Anti-inflammatories: Broken ribs take longer to heal than some injuries because the ribs are always moving. The only truly “natural” pain reliever are the endorphins your body makes. Some people and some studies have shown that white willow bark is an effective anti-inflammatory. Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil (and not plant oil) can be very potent anti-inflammatories, but take weeks to months to take work. ...Read more

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