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How To Help A Bruised Rib
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recovery: During recovery you can help with rest, hydrating beverages like tea, juice and water at bedside, multivitamins, soothing music, massage, reading, movies and low stress environment. Organize his medications, go with him to doctor appointments. Help him get well. Teddy bear, flowers, sitting with him. ...Read more
Natural timing: With injury to our tissues, inflammation (red, hot, swelling, tenderness) occurs. There is leakage of blood from damaged capillaries and veins which collects under the skin and causes the purple blue coloring we call a bruise. Over time, damaged tissues heal and blood collections are reabsorbed. Protect the area to promote fastest healing. Motrin/advil will help. ...Read more
NSAIDS: Ibuprofen, the generic for Motrin, or naproxen, the generic for Aleve, are both good options. Bruised ribs can take awhile to heal and can hurt just as much as a fracture. Remember to take regular deep breaths when you have bruised or fractured ribs so that you don't develop lung infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Offloading/No weight: Hi, Usually the best treatment for a bruised heel weather its a soft tissue or bone bruise to the area is to Offload the area and rest it from the usually forces that go through it during weight bearing and gait. The use of a CAM walker can be helping in reducing the majority of pressure along the heel and help you maintain your everyday activity. It may be necessary to fully Offload + crutches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Xray!Rib injuries: Depending on the history of injury, x-rays may or may not be necessary, as treatment is generally symptomatic and no different from bruised ribs versus fractured ribs. However, to definitively diagnose whether a rib is fractured or bruised, x-rays or some other radiographic modality (mri, ct) would be needed. ...Read more
Assessment based.: The amount of bruising and the presence of active bleeding can put limitations on the amount of walking you can do. Extreme swelling from the bruise can not only hurt but also do further damage if walking is continued. Mild bruising is more conducive to guarded walking. You have to decide where your foot fits in in the picture. Comfortable shoes, crutches, crutch assist are all possibilities. ...Read more
On average: 6 to 8 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
Time: Becareful of the term dislocates ribs. The small rib joints (where they attach) can get sprained but rarely completely dislocate. Either way, they will take their time to heal. Occasionally therapy may be helpful for any soft tissue massages. ...Read more
You can't: Have it evaluated by the doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Exam and an xray: If needed. Swelling, deformity and pain are common findings. ...Read more
X-ray: X-ray is the best way.Get a more detailed answer ›
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