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Treatments For Fractured Ribs
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
PT: If your exam supported that diagnosis I would recommend PT. ...Read more
I have L1 L2 L3 fractured transverse process. This is my third week. How long before these are completely healed? I also have rib 9 slight fracture. Concussion with vertigo only when I lay down. What is your treatment?
Not necessarily: Not necessarily, however, if there is significant soft tissue injury them some gentle modalities may be in order. Typically, these injuries heal spontaneously without active treatment, however, some individuals may benefit from a brief course of physical therapy to help reduce muscle tightness, reduce pain, decreased inflammation, and improve function. Consult with a physiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not typically: In general, therapy in a patient with healing fractures of the ribs can be painful and not particularly helpful; other than in the initial mobilization to get a person out of bed. Once the fractures are healed, most patients do well and so therapy not terribly useful at that time either. Deep breathing and even using an incentive spirometer to avoid an associated pneumonia can be helpful. ...Read more
Doc thinks fractured ribs after a horse fall. Didn't X-Ray since treatment wouldnt change. Tons of pain, trouble sleeping. Would xrays be worth doing?
Prevent: Further injury to the lung by the broken rib. Once at the hospital or doctors office you may be told that no other treatment is needed if it's just one rib. Be seen by a physician. ...Read more
Immobilization: If bad it may need surgery and then immobilization. ...Read more
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