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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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


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Fractured ribs 2-4 in back. Will I need physical therapy?

Fractured ribs 2-4 in back. Will I need physical therapy?

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 more

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What do I do if I think my collarbone is dislocated? I also have 2 fractured ribs what can I do for treatment? I serve and bartender 60 hours a week

Be seen: You would definitely want to be seen immediately. A dislocation if the collar bone from the sternoclavicular joint can even be life threatening. A dislocation from the acroimioclavicular joint is usually less serious, but it sometimes needs surgery. I would definitely be seen. ...Read more

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Will I need physical therapy for three posterior rib fractures?

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

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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 to do if someone got a fractured rib for first aid?

What to do if someone got a fractured rib for first aid?

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