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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
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Bruised, cracked, and broken rib. Should I leave him?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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Bruised, cracked, and broken rib. Should I leave him?

If: If you are implyiing that "he" injured you, then yes, you should get away from such an individual. No one should be abused. (if I am understaning you correctly.) be careful, have a support group - speak to someone i.E social worker, psychologist, the police to make sure you seperate in a manner that will not put you in more jeopardy. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
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Could a bruise on the rib or a broken rib resemble a thickening of the lung?

Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
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Could a bruise on the rib or a broken rib resemble a thickening of the lung?

It may.: Possibly, depending upon the density.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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If i can walk upright and do my job (office work ) could i still have a bruised or broken rib? Or would i be unable to do so?

Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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If i can walk upright and do my job (office work ) could i still have a bruised or broken rib? Or would i be unable to do so?

It depends: The location and displacement of a fracture, associated injuries, time from the injury, and individual pain tolerance all factor into activity tolerance with a broken rib. If you are having serious problems. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Cracked, bruised or broken rib? Not sure, but regular chest X-ray can or cannot tell?

Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
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Need further work: With this, you'll need further work up. A chest ct scan will tell for sure, but the treatment migh be the same: time. It really depends on your situation and what's injured. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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How do I know if it is a rib fracture or bruise?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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How do I know if it is a rib fracture or bruise?

X-ray: Sometimes one can feel the rib moving or flail. Mostly a diagnosis of imaging. Both bruise and rib fracture are hurtful! ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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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?

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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Dr. Kim Fagan
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
29 years in practice
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Is there any reason to go to the hospital if i think I have a bad bruise or a possible rib fracture ?

Dr. Kim Fagan
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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Is there any reason to go to the hospital if i think I have a bad bruise or a possible rib fracture  ?

Yes: Yes, if you note shortness of breath, severe chest pain, productive cough (especially if coughing up anything that has any blood streaks in it) or if you feel a "crunchiness" to the skin overlying the possible area of rib fracture. These signs would suggest complications. Otherwise, not necessary to go to the hospital since there is very little that can be done for a fractured or bruised rib. ...Read more

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Dr. David Salko
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

Dr. David Salko
Board Certified, Family Medicine
15 years in practice
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What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

Similar pain: All three of these injuries can have a similar presentation of chest wall pain and pain with movement and expansion i the rib cage. The difference may come in the mechanism of injury and recovery time. A rib fracture and bruise can take 4-6 weeks to full recover while a muscle strain could heal quicker. A x-ray can locate a fracture but treatment is similar. Assure good deep breaths and rest. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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How do I tell if I have a rib fracture or just bruising?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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How do I tell if I have a rib fracture or just bruising?

You cannot: With exam and xrays it is possible to determine most of the time. Some do not clarify for a few weeks and bone resorption at the fracture becomes obvious. Both hurt a lot! ...Read more

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Dr. Andre Panagos
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Please explain what are some symptoms of a broken rib(s)?

Dr. Andre Panagos
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Pain with inhalation: The most classic symptom is rib pain (often severe) with a deep breath. If the fracture is severe the rib may float independently from the other ribs. ...Read more

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