Broken Rib Overview
Another name for Broken Rib is Rib Fracture.
What is a rib fracture?
A person with a rib fracture has broken one of the ribs that surround the chest. The most common cause of rib fracture is an injury to the chest, which may occur during a motor vehicle accident, assault, sporting event, or a fall. The elderly are more prone to rib fracture than young adults and children.
What are the symptoms of a rib fracture?
The most common symptom of a rib fracture is chest pain, which is worse with movement, breathing, and coughing. Additional symptoms include difficulty breathing, and chest bruising, swelling, or tenderness.
How does the doctor treat a rib fracture?
Treatment for a rib fracture includes rest, cold compresses, deep breathing exercises, narcotic pain medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for severe rib fractures may include oxygen therapy and surgery.
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