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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

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?

Rib fractures: ER:
Diagnosis
Pain treatment
Referral for a specialist.
Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only.
Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically.
I use titanium plates to repair the chest wall. ...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?

Rib fractures: Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only.
Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically with titanium plates. ...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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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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What is the definition or description of: broken rib?

Broken/fractured: A rib is a bone & any loss of continuity of the cortex is a break or fracture. ...Read more

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I think I may have broken a rib. How do you treat a broken rib?

I think I may have broken a rib. How do you treat a broken rib?

Rib fractures: Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only.
Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically.
I use titanium plates to repair the chest wall. ...Read more

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How do I breathe with a broken rib?

How do I breathe with a broken rib?

Painful: Try to breath as deep as you can so you don't get pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can I practice yoga with a broken rib?

Can I practice yoga with a broken rib?

Yes.: Why not? If you can bear the discomfort and your physician agrees that it is safe for you, go right ahead.

He this helps! ...Read more

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Tried and true pain medicine for broken rib?

Tried and true pain medicine for broken rib?

Depends: People have different levels of pain tolerance. Where one person only needs Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) other people require significant levels of narcotics in order to function. ...Read more

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Can you get a broken rib from falling backwards?

Yes you can.: Broken ribs are most commonly the result of blunt trauma. A simple fall can result in a broken rib or two.

Most heal on their own without surgery, but it appears that multiple broken ribs that affect breathing do better when fixed with modern plate and screw devices. ...Read more

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How long would one have to stay in bed after a broken rib?

Stay in bed: It is recommended to GET OUT BED!!
Don’t stay in bed you may develop all sorts of possible complications which are not pleasant but preventable. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a broken rib from an aggressive liposuction?

Is it possible to get a broken rib from an aggressive liposuction?

Never seen it.: I have never seen this complication so while it is possible, it is very uncommon. ...Read more

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Broken rib that has healed wrong. Would like some advice on improving breathing, etc.?

Broken rib that has healed wrong. Would like some advice on improving breathing, etc.?

Depends: Generally, a single healed rib fracture not likely to to impede breathing. You should get evaluated by your family physician and trauma surgeon. There are different pain syndromes that can occur after rib fracture/s. It may be important to determine if a displaced fractured rib has resulted in intercostal nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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

Broken rib: What to do depends on how bad it is broken. Treatments range from non-operative to operative management. ...Read more

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Bruised, cracked, and broken rib. Should I leave him?

Bruised, cracked, and broken rib. Should I leave him?

If: If you are implyiing that "he" injured you, then yes, you should get away from such an individual. No one should be abused. (if I am understaning you correctly.) be careful, have a support group - speak to someone i.E social worker, psychologist, the police to make sure you seperate in a manner that will not put you in more jeopardy. ...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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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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What works in taking care of a broken rib?

What works in taking care of a broken rib?

Rib fractures: Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only.
Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically.
I use titanium plates to repair the chest wall. ...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