Can I prevent rib fractures from becoming malunions?

Uncommon. It is fairly uncommon to have a rib fracture go on to a malunion. On the other hand, other than avoiding an injury such as a fall, there is not much that can be done to avoid them.
Not really. Uncommon for rib malunions to be a problem unless there was severe displacement in the original injury. I recently read a journal article arguing for operative fixation in select cases but I have never considered this in twenty years of practice and can't remember seeing a painful malunion though it may happen rarely.

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