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Dr. James Krick
61 Doctors shared insights

Multiple Rib Fractures (Overview)

-more than 1 rib.


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The thought of getting multiple rib fractures scares me. What are risk factors for it?

The thought of getting multiple rib fractures scares me. What are risk factors for it?

Let me help you: There are some reasons why some body will have multiple rib fractures without trauma, osteoporosis of the bone (weak bone), the other bone cancer (multiple myeloma) and could cancer metastasize from other place (kidney, lung, breast)good luck thank you. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
61 Doctors shared insights

Multiple Rib Fractures (Overview)

-more than 1 rib.


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What are the symptoms following multiple rib fractures?

What are the symptoms following multiple rib fractures?

Pain: Rib fractures are not easy to diagnose without xrays. Even then they can sometimes be hard to pick up. Pain right over the chest wall which is increased with sneezing or coughing. If you are having difficulty breathing then you need to see a physician. In some cases an injury which causes multiple rib fractures can puncture the lungs. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
Daily
Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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What are the tests for multiple rib fractures?

Rib Fractures: Physical exam is the first thing that needs to be done. A good chest xray will usually pick up rib fractures. Rarely is a more advanced imaging necessary such as ct. ...Read more

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How do you treat multiple rib fractures?

Let me help: In most cases, broken ribs heal on their own in one or two months. Adequate pain control is important, so you can continue to breathe deeply and avoid lung complications, such as pneumonia.Good luck, thank you. ...Read more

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Checklist)

Prevent falls in the home by removing throw rugs and adding grab bars
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Stay cool to avoid becoming overheated
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Drink plenty of water
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Treatment options for multiple rib fractures? Thanks!

Treatment options for multiple rib fractures? Thanks!

Pain control: Rib fractures usually do not require surgery or any sort of splinting. The key to treating rib fractures is to get the pain under control with anti-inflammatories, and narcotics if necessary. Ice and/or heat to the area may help with the pain as well. ...Read more

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How do you treat multiple rib fractures?

Let me help: In most cases, broken ribs heal on their own in one or two months. Adequate pain control is important, so you can continue to breathe deeply and avoid lung complications, such as pneumonia.Good luck, thank you. ...Read more

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What are the tests for multiple rib fractures?

Rib Fractures: Physical exam is the first thing that needs to be done. A good chest xray will usually pick up rib fractures. Rarely is a more advanced imaging necessary such as ct. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms following multiple rib fractures?

Pain: Rib fractures are not easy to diagnose without xrays. Even then they can sometimes be hard to pick up. Pain right over the chest wall which is increased with sneezing or coughing. If you are having difficulty breathing then you need to see a physician. In some cases an injury which causes multiple rib fractures can puncture the lungs. ...Read more

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The thought of getting multiple rib fractures scares me. What are risk factors for it?

Let me help you: There are some reasons why some body will have multiple rib fractures without trauma, osteoporosis of the bone (weak bone), the other bone cancer (multiple myeloma) and could cancer metastasize from other place (kidney, lung, breast)good luck thank you. ...Read more

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How much rest is required for multiple rib fractures?

How much rest is required for multiple rib fractures?

Depends: Some instances of multiple rib fractures only need time while others are much better with surgery. I tell my patients that they should expect somewhere around three months of pain bu that it does get better with time. ...Read more

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Can you get multiple rib fractures from falling while skating?

Can you get multiple rib fractures from falling while skating?

Yes.: You can get rib fractures from a bad fall. Usually they aren't bad enough for surgery but a good x-ray or ct scan will help determine that. Breathing exercises are key. ...Read more

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Following a bike accident I suffered multiple rib fractures. The ribs have not healed right. What are my options?

Following a bike accident I suffered multiple rib fractures. The ribs have not healed right. What are my options?

Surgery or not: Rib fractures rarely either require or benefit from surgery.If markedly diplaced they may cause ongoing pleural irritation and pain and either excision of a displaced fragment or rib plating can be considered. If surgery is elected chose both the surgeon and procedure carefully. ...Read more

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Treatment options for multiple rib fractures? Thanks!

Pain control: Rib fractures usually do not require surgery or any sort of splinting. The key to treating rib fractures is to get the pain under control with anti-inflammatories, and narcotics if necessary. Ice and/or heat to the area may help with the pain as well. ...Read more

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Will I need surgery for multiple rib fractures under right scapula?

Will I need surgery for multiple rib fractures under right scapula?

Usually not needed: Unless there are complications such as hemorrhage,
rib fractures can be treated conservatively.
Use ice packs every 4 hours, avoid coughing and straining, relieve pain with prescription medication. Get well. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with multiple rib fractures and snapping scapula. Do I need to seek a surgeon?

Snapping scapula: Yes, I would recommend consulting an orthopedic surgery who performs scapulothoracic arthroscopy (scope surgery) to see if you are a candidate ...Read more

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Multiple rib fracture headaches and dizziness. What could this be?

Multiple rib fracture headaches and dizziness. What could this be?

Unclear: If you sustained localized chest trauma with rib fractures, it is not clear as to connection to headaches. Rib fractures are quite painful. Medications, often narcotics, are associated with both dizziness and headaches in some people. Depending location of rib fractures, associated muscle spasm can result in stiff neck and headache. Mechanism of initial trauma may also be cause. ...Read more

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Multiple rib fracture headaches dizziness?

Multiple rib fracture headaches dizziness?

Unusual: Work up, the head symptoms.
If there is a cause for a fall to break the ribs that may be a connection other than bad luck!
ribs usually heal over 3 months or so. ...Read more

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What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows immediate exercises with the torso and shoulders after surgery. Youtube drbentaylor and rib fracture flail chest to see an example video. ...Read more

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Physical therapy of multiple rib fracture?

Physical therapy of multiple rib fracture?

My protocol: For my patients who have rib fracture surgery, I use immediate shoulder range of motion exercises and core stretching. Breathing exercises and incentive spirometer use is also key. ...Read more

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How could a doctor treat a patient with multiple fractured ribs?

How could a doctor treat a patient with multiple fractured ribs?

Pain control: Usually pain control and potentially a binder. There is really not. Too much else that can be done. If it is severely painful, sometimes an intercostal block can be done, but the pain relief is temporary. ...Read more

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Do rib fractures heal by themselves or not?

Yes: Only the extremely rare fractures that involve multiple segments of the same rib or adjacent ribs need surgical repair. Even many of these will heal by themselves. ...Read more

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How long will 3 posterior rib fractures hurt?

Varies: Most rib fractures take approximately 6-8 weeks to heal. Thankfully, many patients start feeling better by 2-4 weeks. Moist heat, medications can help with the pain. ...Read more

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Can I prevent rib fractures from becoming malunions?

Uncommon: It is fairly uncommon to have a rib fracture go on to a malunion. On the other hand, other than avoiding an injury such as a fall, there is not much that can be done to avoid them. ...Read more

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Can I do cardio exercise while my rib fractures heal?

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

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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