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Is it necessary to go to ER for a possible broken rib?

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. ...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 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. ...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 husband went to ER for severe pain in his back; developed overnight. Diagnosis from Chest X-Ray is "Fracture of 6th posterior right rib laterally with callus formation which may represent subacute rib fracture. Mild blunting of the right costophrenic

My husband went to ER for severe pain in his back; developed overnight.  Diagnosis from Chest X-Ray is "Fracture of 6th posterior right rib laterally with callus formation which may represent subacute rib fracture.  Mild blunting of the right costophrenic

More info. needed .: . . . Hard to help without additional info. Callous formation implies healing. The real question is the cause, correct? Rib fractures rarely occur spontaneously (i.e. without a reason). If you are certain that there was no trauma involved, it is very important that your husband contact his doctor to be evaluated for the cause. I hope this helps. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Taking meloxicam for a possible broken rib from coughing. Cough is mostly better now. 2+ hrs after pill, no pain relief whatsoever. What should I do?

Taking meloxicam for a possible broken rib from coughing. Cough is mostly better now. 2+ hrs after pill, no pain relief whatsoever. What should I do?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Can take Acetaminophen along with Meloxicam and see if provides better relief. Also can put local cold compress on area to reduce pain. Will be very sore for about 10 days, then dull down to ache for about 4-6 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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Mrtrcycle accident going<30mph i came down on lt side.Dr. Sd no broken rib.It's been 2wks and i still have a pinpoint pain high on rib area.Misplaced?

Bruise or fracture: Sometimes a rib fracture that is not displaced us not seen on initial chest x-ray . If you still have pain you could have a fracture or pneumonia and should see your primary doctor or go to an urgent care or er. ...Read more

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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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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 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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