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Is It Possible For A Fractured Rib Not To Heal After A Year
If a fracture doesn't heal, it is called a nonunion. For this injury, I typically obtain a plain xray first to evaluate, but more than likely, a ct scan is needed to look for the nonunion (and any other injuries).
If the nonunion is painful, you may benefit from surgery. There are several centers across the us that perform this type of surgery, but not many. ...Read more
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
How much longer for my T11 fractured rib to heal? It has been almost 2.5 years and I don't know how to speed this up. X-ray showed healing normally.
2.5 years?: Did you really mean 2 and one half years? If it has not healed by now, it is not likely to heal on its own unless something is done. Even a very silly healing fracture would have healed by now. This is a nonunion and not a delayed Union. Talk to your doctor about other options. ...Read more
I just suffered a non-traumatic rib fracture after 4 years of on and off steroid use. 1) should I worry about my bone density at the age of 26 with the chronic steroid use, and 2) what should I avoid while my rib fracture heals as I am an active physical
I am 20 years old at 17 I dove of a bridge into open water I have a first rib cartilage fracture at the sc joint, what can be done? Will it ever heal?
Yes it should: Sterniclavicular injuries are common. At age 17 as u stated this is really a fracture as the medial clavicle growth plate is one of the last to close (usually age 18-21). It's unusual that u are still having pain here 3 years after the initial injury unless u are continuing to 'stress' the joint (bench press, push- ups etc.)almost all of these injuries are treated non-operatively... Gl! ...Read more
Not likely: After five years the healing process is done without any more intervention. ...Read more
Last year my brother fractured a rib three times and is still feeling a little pain every so often. Will this go away or is it a permanent feeling?
Rib fx: Rib fractures can commonly caused some persistent discomfort as that sometimes they do not heal completely or he'll in what we call a nonunion or a pseudoarthrosis. They can move ever so slightly and can cause some discomfort this may diminish with time but there may be a small component of persistence over the long-term ...Read more
I broke some ribs over a year ago. One of the fractures is still jagged and rubs the surrounding tissue painfully. When can I expect the pain to end?
C Ur MD: After a year all should b heald. I would c my pcp 2 have it looked at. May b a new problem. ...Read more
I fracture a rib in three places and it took them 8 months to figure out. It's been over a year but I feel pain when I lay a certain way or move fast.
Ribs: It is highly likely that these ribs did not heal which is called a nonunion, it also could be a fibrous union where they heal but they don't feel completely due to persistent motion in the rib cage. Rib fractures very commonly do not heal as a long bone heals. The complaint you are having or not uncommon after an injury like this. Some people have tried ultrasound or bone stimulator's to help healsome people have tried ultrasound or bone stimulator's to help heal these fracturesolidly more some doctors will fix these with plates and screws ol ...Read more
Would an fracture or bruising of ribs in the back cause blood in stool? Right side. 48 year old, male. Non smoker.
Negative chest Cat scan for rib fracture but radiologist recommends MRI with contrast of thyroid for my 12 year old. I'm not getting a reason why?
Not a clue: We do not have the history, exam or CAT scan to review, so we could only guess that something in the cat scan was suspicious. I'd call your doc, who might have received a call from the radiologist. One of the problems of these advanced technologies is they find stuff we weren't looking for that points out a need for another test. Some of the stuff is worrisome, some turns out to be okay. ...Read more
Time: Giving them time and trying to stay reasonably comfortable is about all you can do for most rib fractures. Thankfully, the vast majority of them do go on to heal, but it can be a painful process to go through. ...Read more
How long does it take for fractured ribs to heal? Are there any huge risks of walking around with broken ribs?
Rib healing: No real good studies on rib fractures. They can hurt for weeks or longer depending on how bad the fractures are. Usually walking around is good. ...Read more
I fractured left rib 6, 7, 8, 9 in 2008. I still have soreness, sometimes abit more than other times. Is this common all these years later?
Maybe: It's not uncommon to have aches and pains years after an injury. If it's mild, I wouldn't worry about it. If it's limiting your activities, or more severe, see you doctor for a more complete evaluation and ask in an X-ray it crashes scan is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Cardio as tolerated: Rib fractures can cause breathing-related pain until the fracture ends start to heal and stick together. This usually occurs after several weeks. You can use pain as your guide and advance with activities (cardio) as tolerated. ...Read more
Weeks: Symptons will resolve in 2-6 weeks with complete healing from 6 weeks to 3 months ...Read more
What should I be taking to minimise risk of osteoporosis -- had numerus rib fractures over recent years -some spontanious?
Diagnosed with cushings disease and non Union rib fractures. Will the rib fractures heal normally after the cushings disease is cured?
Sorry to hear about the Cushing's.
Cushing's can be controlled but care of the rib fractures is essential. Make sure you are referred to a lung specialist. He/she may help you and may also refer you to a surgeon for further evaluation and care. Do not delay! ...Read more
Pain is worse: For a few days, followed by 6-8 weeks for healing. After a few days the worst pain usually is gone and it just aches with deep breathing and certain motions and many don't need pan meds. It is important to make sure you are getting a good deep breath and don't develop other issue and to determine the cause or quality of the break with xrays. ....Just don't assume. ...Read more
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