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I was in a car accident 3 days ago and have minor pain getting worse each day in my ribs and...

I was in a car accident 3 days ago and have minor pain getting worse each day in my ribs and...

It is a good idea: When in an accident to report to an er or at minimum to a medical doctor to be evaluated to make sure your okay and to document everything. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Motor Vehicle Accident (Definition)

Motor vehicle accident (MVA) is an event that is a common cause of injury, disability, and death, because of the high speed of impact and the large mass of the vehicles. An MVA can be automobile vs. Automobile, auto vs. Motorcycle, motorcycle vs. Motorcycle, motor vehicle vs. Bicyclist/pedestrian, or motor vehicle vs. ...Read more


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My mom had a car accident and she has a 3 right rib fructure. Is it okay not to attend to a theraphys.?

My mom had a car accident and she has a 3 right rib fructure. Is it okay not to attend to a theraphys.?

Depends: It can depend on a lot of things, but physical therapy is not usually mandatory for rib fractures. I would check with her physician about what they want to accomplish. ...Read more

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Had 6 broken ribs/pneumothorax b/c of a car accident in 1998. Yesterday I lifted equipment. Is this a flare up from an old injury/why does it hurt?

Had 6 broken ribs/pneumothorax b/c of a car accident in 1998. Yesterday I lifted equipment. Is this a flare up from an old injury/why does it hurt?

Hard to say: There may be multiple consequences of your injury that could still cause a "flare up" as you describe. This could include the development if post traumatic arthritis, scar tissue, non union of one or more of the fractures. I sure would not hesitate to be seen and examined. ...Read more

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Car accident 1.5 weeks ago, told ribs contusions. Pain started to improve but suddenly much worse past few days. Could it be cracked or broken now?

Car accident 1.5 weeks ago, told ribs contusions. Pain started to improve but suddenly much worse past few days. Could it be cracked or broken now?

Possible, but. ..: Possible, but still worthwhile to give time and patience for the body to process its self-healing and remolding over the next 2-4 weeks as long as being okay in breathing, because further evaluation would not alter the direction and content of conservative care at this time. Of course, if unbearable, chest brace + pain medication under close watch may be needed. ...Read more

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I have several spine chips from a car accident. I am in a lot of pain. Will this last for ever. Should I be worried had a car accident. Broke 3 ribs, my speen, my sternum, and several bone chips on my spine.....Is this serious

I have several spine chips from a car accident. I am in a lot of pain. Will this last for ever. Should I be worried had a car accident. Broke 3 ribs, my speen, my sternum, and several bone chips on my spine.....Is this serious

Sounds Serious: You really need to get expert medical attention. How long pain lasts depends upon how serious the injury is and how long it will take to heal. You really need to get this checked out thoroughly. If for no other reason than to manage your pain effectively. ...Read more

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Left side back pain on last rib for more then 1yr. Not kidney stones and colonoscopy was normal. Could it be from a car accident 2yr ago? What next?

Left side back pain on last rib for more then 1yr. Not kidney stones and colonoscopy was normal. Could it be from a car accident 2yr ago? What next?

Yes it could: Did you fracture a rib? Could also be a musculoskeletal thing without a fracture. If painful with pressing on rib this supports musculoskeletal. Try stretching, exercises and and nsaids as needed. ...Read more

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Had a car accident totaled car. Broke 2 ribs fractured 4 more plus collar bone. Happened end of nov. How long will pain be intense. In SEVERE PAIN!!!

Had a car accident totaled car. Broke 2 ribs fractured 4 more plus collar bone. Happened end of nov. How long will pain be intense. In SEVERE PAIN!!!

Another 3-4 weeks at: Least, as the rib Fxs certainly hurt. Its only been 2 weeks since your accident.
Things U can do to help yourself, include:-
1: Heating pad ;
2: Support your chest during Cough/sneeze, with hand (s), or a cushion that U hug;
3: Muscle relaxers;
4: Cough syrup to suppress it;
5:Request your Doc for some Intercostal blocks of anesthetic meds. Maybe helpful.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident 2 days ago, they did x-rays and CT. No cracked rib, is it possible to have fractured ribs? Do they show up on Xray

I was in a car accident 2 days ago, they did x-rays and CT. No cracked rib, is it possible to have fractured ribs? Do they show up on Xray

An acute: Non displaced rib fracture may be difficult or impossible to detect on X-ray or even CT in the first couple of days, so the answer to your question is yes. They almost always are seen by 7-10 days due to the early healing response making them more conspicuous. ...Read more

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Chest pain after car accident. Should I see a doctor?

Yes!: Chest pain after a car accident could represent skeletal injury (rib fractures, sternal fracture) or cardiac injury (blunt cardiac injury, myocardial ischemia). If you are having other symptoms, see your nearest emergency department. If this is isolated to just your chest and its reproducible with pushing on your sternum (i.e., breast bone), it's likely skeletal and can be managed with meds. ...Read more

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Could a seatbelt cause injury to your chest when your in a car accident?

Could a seatbelt cause injury to your chest when your in a car accident?

Most certainly: Depending on the speed of the crash and from what direction you were hit, the restrictive mechanism of the seatbelt has the potential to cause damage to the chest wall as well as other structures within the chest. A thorough history and physical examination by your primary care provider or an emergency room physician would be warranted if you are having pain or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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I do moderate excercise and was in a recent car accident since then I've had sharp stingy pain in my upper back and now left side chest and neck?

Pain after MVA: Presumably, you had xrays after trauma. If not, I would suggest you do. In absence of significant injury on xray, I would suspect whiplash to explain neck/upper back symptoms. Seat belt injury may have caused ac sprain. If you're tender where the collarbone meets the shoulder, voilå. Generally, treatment involves nsaid's, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, and mckenzie pt if not improving (doc's rx). ...Read more

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I was in a car accident about a month ago. When the impact hit my seat belt cut into my chest. I'm still having chest pain when I move. Is this normal?

See doc: Sounds likely expected- you can cause various intercostal muscle tares, rib "bruising", fractures etc some of which may not readily show up on radiologic studies. As it is primarily with movement it is most likely musculoskeletal in origin, an so will improve with time and anti inflammatory meds like motrin, but you should see your doc to be safe. There are always oddities that doc may need to see. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain I have from a bruised chest after a car accident?

Aspirin: If you can take Aspirin (or ibuprofen), take it 1-3 times every day (if it';s ok with your md) to get rid of the inflammation. ...Read more

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My husband was in a car accident 5 days ago & was checked out in the ER but last night had extreme pain in his left chest area. Is this normal?

No: Reccomed seeing physician. A fracture rib may have been missed and although you didn't mention his age, cardiac (heart/lung) difficulties need to be ruled out ...Read more

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Why is my neck and chest sore one day after a car accident?

Why is my neck and chest sore one day after a car accident?

See a physician: Most neck injuries in automobile accidents are a result of sudden deceleration of the vehicle resulting in what is commonly referred to as "whiplash"- at minimum, this represents a sprain or strain but could be more serious (i.e. A herniated disc or fracture). Your chest may be sore due to deceleration against the seat belt restraint which can bruise the chest wall or possibly fracture a rib. ...Read more

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How long should my chest be extremely sore from seat belt after a car accident?

How long should my chest be extremely sore from seat belt after a car accident?

Ouch: This is variable - could be several days for some or several weeks for others. It depends on the force and your body's muscle mass/tone. The bigger issue is if you have trouble breathing or sharp chest pains, this could indicate internal injury. If so, would talk to your doc about getting a chest x-ray tomorrow am or go to an er. Otherwise, anti inflammatories like Ibuprofen will help muscle pain. ...Read more

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Airbag hit my sisters chest (breasts) in a car accident a few days ago. She didn't tell the drs because it wasn't bad but they're covered in red bruises?

Take her back to: urgent care to get looked at for burns and
possible MRi/cat scan to asses for internal injuries. Find out what is going on to stop it and treat it, its easier that way. Delaying help makes things worse. ...Read more

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Can mediastinitis caused by car accident /esopagus damage be seen in plain 2 view chest X-ray?

Can mediastinitis caused by car accident /esopagus damage be seen in plain 2 view chest X-ray?

Not necessarily: The effects of esophageal rupture or injury may be noticed on plain films as widening of mediastinum and fluid in pleural space. Usually consideration of symptoms chest pain, chills, fever, general discomfort and shortness of breath. Usually inflammation associated with bacterial infection requiring antibiotic therapy. Supplemental testing includes esophagogram and CT exam. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident. The seat belt made an indention in my chest, leaving the left side numb with no nipple sensation. Will I get feeling again?

I was in a car accident. The seat belt made an indention in my chest, leaving the left side numb with no nipple sensation. Will I get feeling again?

Most likely: You will get the feeling back. Your nerves got compressed by the seat belt, which is not uncommon. Without the seat belt, you could have suffered worse injuries. Heat and cold applications to the affected area may help, but time will heal it and you should not worry. ...Read more

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I got into a car accident when I was 12 and only had minor bruising on my chest, so now whenever I run, my chest tightens and it's hard to breathe?

See a doctor: Breathing problems and chest pain can be caused by many reasons. Some are simple and of no importance but some can need immediate attention. I suggest that you see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident when I was 12 and only had minor bruising on my chest, now when I run, my chest tightens and I have difficulty breathing. Why?

Unrelated: You are likely experiencing exercise induced asthma / bronchospasm. See your doctor for an exam. One or two puffs of albuterol inhaler before exercise may be all that is needed to alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more

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I came out of hospital a month ago from a car accident, I had bruised and crushed and lungs and a bruised chest, im 18, fairly healthy, can I drink?

In moderation: It should be fine to have some alcoholic beverages, as long as it is in moderation. Don't go overboard. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Car accident 3weeks ago, car was totaled. Ct scan was fine. Neck and shoulder pain reduced. Still chest pain more on left side. Should I be worried?

Needs worked up: Rarely, a car accident can cause sheer forces that affect the heart. You might also be having chest pain that's unrelated to the crash. I recommend calling your doctor tomorrow and be seen to investigate the chest pain. ...Read more

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1wk Ago car Accident&Extreme pain in chest do have brusing from seatbelts&air bags? CT showed no brakes? SaltBaths&Heat&OTC nor pain Meds R not helping

Get checked: MVA related injuries are very common from seat belts, airbags, and from the steering wheel. Potentially, ribs, clavicle, cervical spine and the kidney could be injured. Get checked, or rechecked. ...Read more