Fractured Rib Treatment
Treatment for rib fractures includes:
- Cold compresses:
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Deep breathing exercises:
- A spirometer helps stimulate deep breathing
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain - Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
Treatment for severe rib fractures may include:
- Intravenous fluids
- Oxygen therapy
- Thoracostomy for rib fracture:
- A tube is inserted through the chest wall when the lung is punctured
- The tube removes blood or air that collects between the lung and the inside of the chest wall.
- Surgery for rib fracture:
- To repair injured structures inside the chest
Fractured Rib Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment for a rib fracture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Will I need surgery?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need respiratory therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?
Fractured Rib Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat rib fractures:
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