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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
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
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
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?
Ouch!: Rib fractures can be extremely painful. We used to prescribe chest binders - a wrap that goes around your chest - to help support the area, but no longer do so because it's been found that they don't help healing or pain much. You can get some pain relief by taking anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen). Be sure to not take more than recommended. Ice applied to the area might help too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easy to break a rib!: If you've had an injury that puts unusual force against a rib, you may be able to feel a very tender spot at the point of fracture. An xray can confirm a fracture. Often, however, you don't see the fracture initially - but a little while later, after new bone has formed around the fracture site. You often don't do much - other than comfort measures - as the broken rib heals...About six weeks! ...Read more
Pain control: Pain control is the mainstay for fractured ribs. Only on rare occasions, when patients are polytraumatized, we will operate on them using plates and screws to improve their lung function and decrease their stay in the icu. Otherwise, we let them heal on their own. ...Read more
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