Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Chest Contusion Treatment

Treatment for a chest contusion includes rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. A person with a chest contusion tends to avoid deep breaths because of pain. However, deep breathing is important to reduce the risk for atelectasis and pneumonia. Thus, pain medication is important for those who are unable to breathe deeply because of pain. Severe chest contusions may result in multiple rib fractures or injuries to internal organs, such as the lung. Severe internal injuries may require oxygen therapy and surgery to repair damaged tissue.

The treatment for a chest contusion may include:


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Last Updated: Jun 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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