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What to do if I have cracked or bruised ribs?

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Dr. Louise Andrew
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: X-rays fine?

If you have been checked for any lung puncture and the ribs are just cracked, you should have been prescribed pain medication.
A muscle relaxant can help in addition. A lidocaine patch could help (script). You can use your hand or a pillow as a splint when you need to move or take those deep breaths. Heating pad helps. Be sure to see a doc if you have any fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

In brief: X-rays fine?

If you have been checked for any lung puncture and the ribs are just cracked, you should have been prescribed pain medication.
A muscle relaxant can help in addition. A lidocaine patch could help (script). You can use your hand or a pillow as a splint when you need to move or take those deep breaths. Heating pad helps. Be sure to see a doc if you have any fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
Dr. Louise Andrew
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Dr. Eric Fete
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rest

just take it easy and give it time; they will heal.
just be careful to avoid any activity that causes discomfort. Make sure to take deep breaths (don't splint your breathing b/c of pain). Take Motrin as directed. If it gets worse or you have any other symptoms see your doctor.

In brief: Rest

just take it easy and give it time; they will heal.
just be careful to avoid any activity that causes discomfort. Make sure to take deep breaths (don't splint your breathing b/c of pain). Take Motrin as directed. If it gets worse or you have any other symptoms see your doctor.
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