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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Rib Fracture (Overview)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in the rib cage cracks.


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How much does a rib fracture hurt?

How much does a rib fracture hurt?

It can hurt: Most rob fractures require relative rest , ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Taylor
188 doctors shared insights

Rib Fracture (Overview)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in the rib cage cracks.


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What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

Pain with breathing: 1) pain when sneezing coughing, laughing, going to the bathroom, twisting, getting dressed, pain with breathing.
2) note - many other things can mimic a rib fracgure including a heart attack (!) , herpes zoster (shingles) and GI issues so get checked out . . The good news is that most rib fractures do not require surgery but do indeed hurt and take weeks or months to improve. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

Be sure: X-ray, and pain control.
In young persons, a single rib is pretty well tolerated.
If multiple, or flail, or aged patient the risk of pneumonia and bleeding are increased. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a rib fracture or bruise as it can be said...What diet do I take to enhance early back to work routine?

I have been diagnosed with a rib fracture or bruise as it can be said...What diet do I take to enhance early back to work routine?

Balanced diet: Agree with dr. Merriman. Key is complete and balanced diet. Supplemental vitamins and minerals as needed under the guidance of your family physician. That said, the most critical thing in rib bruise and/or minor fracture is to keep active, deep breath and simple stretching exercises. Do not tape or wrap or restrict your chest. ...Read more

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What are the tests for multiple rib fractures?

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 do they do at the hospital if you have rib fracture?

What do they do at the hospital if you have rib fracture?

Rib fracture: Most rob fractures require relative rest , ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring. ...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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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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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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What are the risks of a rib fracture puncturing your kidney?

What are the risks of a rib fracture puncturing your kidney?

Unlikely: Though the kidneys reside above the bottom of the rib cage they are surrounded by fat and tissue. Though possible i would think it would be very unlikely. ...Read more

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How much does a rib fracture hurt?

It can hurt: Most rob fractures require relative rest , ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring. ...Read more

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What can I do about a rib fracture?

What can I do about  a rib fracture?

Pain management: Majority of rib fx will heal with time and pain management. Extremely rare to need any surgical intervention. Those cases are usually markedly displaced or multiple adjacent fxs, as you would see in major trauma like car accidents or fall from height. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,314 doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more