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How do you know if you have a broken rib?

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Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Xray

The only way to know if your rib is truly broken is with an xray.
This simple diagnostic test creates a picture of the rib cage which your physician can use to evaluate your pain. Sometimes it can be hard to see a fracture on xray. Typically these breaks take up to 6 weeks to heal.

In brief: Xray

The only way to know if your rib is truly broken is with an xray.
This simple diagnostic test creates a picture of the rib cage which your physician can use to evaluate your pain. Sometimes it can be hard to see a fracture on xray. Typically these breaks take up to 6 weeks to heal.
Dr. Scott Hacker
Dr. Scott Hacker
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Dr. Nir Hus
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rib fractures

Chest X-ray and/or CT scan.

Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only.
Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically.
I use titanium plates to repair the chest wall.

In brief: Rib fractures

Chest X-ray and/or CT scan.

Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only.
Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically.
I use titanium plates to repair the chest wall.
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Hus
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Pain

Pain when you take a deep breath in, intense pressure when you push on the rib are major ways to identify a rib fracture.

In brief: Pain

Pain when you take a deep breath in, intense pressure when you push on the rib are major ways to identify a rib fracture.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Ct helps too

Xrays are good for screening but ct scans are more sensitive and can pick them up more reliably.
This is really true with anterior fractures or costal cartilage injuries.

In brief: Ct helps too

Xrays are good for screening but ct scans are more sensitive and can pick them up more reliably.
This is really true with anterior fractures or costal cartilage injuries.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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