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Rib Pain after Injury Overview

Another name for Rib Pain after Injury is Chest Injury.

What is a chest injury?
A person with a chest injury has damage to a structure in the chest, caused by an injury. Minor injuries may cause a bruise to the chest, while severe injuries may also damage the lungs or heart. Soft tissue chest injuries include stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

What are the symptoms of a chest injury?
Symptoms of a chest injury include chest pain, bruising, chest wall tenderness, and swelling.

How does the doctor treat a chest injury?
Treatment of a chest injury depends on the severity of the injury. General measures include rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Narcotic pain medications may be prescribed for rib fracture. Deep breathing exercises may be recommended to lessen the risk for atelectasis and pneumonia.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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