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Dr. Norman Solberg Dr. Solberg
Obstetrics & Gynecology
51 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Dr. David LaMond Dr. LaMond
Bariatrics
16 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Matthew Cooper Dr. Cooper
Surgery - Thoracic
34 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What does the ER do for a broken rib?

What does the ER do for a broken rib?

Broken rib: It depends on whether the rib is broken in just one place or multiple, and whether adjacent ribs are injured as well. The range of therapy is from anti inflammatory and pain medications to wrapping, to intercostal block for pain, and least likely, surgical intervention for stabilization.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I have a broken rib cracked rib or what?

I have a broken rib cracked rib or what?

Medical evaluation: Self- diagnosis is not a good approach. Medical history, xray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis.

Dr. Benjamin Taylor Dr. Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
12 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

No.: Not necessary, but if your symptoms persist or you feel short of breath, you may benefit from an xray.

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Dr. David Trettin Dr. Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I have broken rib cracked rib or what, what to do?

I have broken rib cracked rib or what, what to do?

Time...: Broken ribs are painful. Try taking a NSAID and if not helping your physician can prescribe stronger meds. Immobilization of the ribs is difficult and generally not helpful and potentially counterproductive (rib belts etc). Usually after 2-3 weeks enough callus has formed that the pain subsides tremendously, although healing takes6-8 wks. Try to avoid getting a cold... Best of luck!

Dr. Benjamin Taylor Dr. Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
12 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Is it necessary to go to ER for a possible broken rib?

Not emergent: If you think it's just a bruise, you will probably be ok, but if you think it might be more, you should get it looked at.

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Dr. David Surdyka Dr. Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery
29 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Will a broken rib under the shoulder blade cause problems?

Will a broken rib under the shoulder blade cause problems?

Not usually: Should be ok once it heals unless there is displacement or healing reaction causing protrusion into the shoulder blade/chest wall space resulting in bursal irritation when you elevate your arm on the same side.

Dr. David LaMond Dr. LaMond
Bariatrics
16 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How long would you be in the hospital for a broken rib for?

How long would you be in the hospital for a broken rib for?

No hospital stay: Having experienced several personally, the pain will calm down in 2-3 weeks and take an average of 4-6 weeks to resolve. You will not need hospital stay unless you have injured your lung/have a pneuomothorax, or other trauma.

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Dr. Paul Friedman Dr. Friedman
Radiology
57 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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What are the best treatment options to relieve a broken rib?

Take some aspirin!: A simple analgesic should be enough. Nothing more complicated is indicated. Certainly not strapping or taping the chest.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I have a broken rib in the care of the hospital., what to do?

It is essential: To be compliant with your physician's medical recommendations.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How long will I be required to stay in a hospital for a broken rib?

Usually not: Most broken ribs are minimally displaced and are treated with taping to minimize movement and discharge home from the er with anti-pain medication. Rarely a broken rib is significantly displaced and can threaten to puncture lung or its linings and that may generate a hospital admission.

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead Dr. Hammerstead
Surgery - Trauma
46 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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I have a broken rib and am experiencing nausea. Should I be worried?

I have a broken rib and am experiencing nausea. Should I be worried?

Narcotic reaction: If you are on an opiated pain med this may be a side effect of these meds

Dr. David Teicheira Dr. Teicheira
Pain Management
32 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Which is the best natural pain reliever to get when you have a broken rib?

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.

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Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Sean O'mara Dr. O'mara
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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A cop has a broken rib from being kicked by someone. What's the hospital procedure, how long are they there, and how long until they can work again?

A cop has a broken rib from being kicked by someone. What's the hospital procedure, how long are they there, and how long until they can work again?

Broken rib: A single broken rib without any other associated rib is likely to heal well in a reasonable period of time 4-8 weeks depending upon the degree of fracture and longer if more concerning underlying injury. They probably will just need light duty not off. This being a line of duty injury the police officer should be evaluated by a qualified Occupational Medicine physician.

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss Dr. Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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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