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Doctor insights on: Is It Possible For A Fractured Rib Not To Heal After A Year

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Is it possible for a fractured rib not to heal after a year?

Is it possible for a fractured rib not to heal after a year?

Definitely: 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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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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.

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.

Fractured rib: How did that happen? It should not take 2.5 years to heal a rib fracture. You need to have your doctor be more specific and find a specialist to speed up the repair of your fracture. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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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

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Would an fracture or bruising of ribs in the back cause blood in stool? Right side. 48 year old, male. Non smoker.

Would an fracture or bruising of ribs in the back cause blood in stool? Right side. 48 year old, male. Non smoker.

No: No, a back injury and/or rib fracture should not cause change in stool color. It usually has to be from something within the gi tract; bleeding into the gi tract from a gastric ulcer being just one example. Don't hesitate to be seen for it. ...Read more

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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?

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