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Cracked, bruised or broken rib? Not sure, but regular chest X-ray can or cannot tell?

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine

In brief: Xray

If you are trying to evaluate a possible fracture, an xray of the ribs is usually the first line of treatment.
Usually a chest xray is not the ideal type of xray for this problem.

In brief: Xray

If you are trying to evaluate a possible fracture, an xray of the ribs is usually the first line of treatment.
Usually a chest xray is not the ideal type of xray for this problem.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Regular chest X-ray

...Might be able to tell, but it doesn't matter. You can't immobilize a rib, and all we recommend is pain relievers (ibuprofen or acetaminophen), rest and ice.
Broken, bruised or none of the above, just be patient and it will heal. The only reason to x-ray is if the trauma was severe enough to raise concern for daage to the underlying lung. Otherwise its just unneeded radiation.

In brief: Regular chest X-ray

...Might be able to tell, but it doesn't matter. You can't immobilize a rib, and all we recommend is pain relievers (ibuprofen or acetaminophen), rest and ice.
Broken, bruised or none of the above, just be patient and it will heal. The only reason to x-ray is if the trauma was severe enough to raise concern for daage to the underlying lung. Otherwise its just unneeded radiation.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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