The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. You will also be asked how the injury happened. An exam will be done that focuses on your chest, lungs, and back. A break in the ribs can be confirmed with:
It can take 3 to 6 weeks for a rib fracture to heal. The bones can heal on their own with proper rest.
Pain may make it hard to take deep breaths. This can increase the risk of lung infection like pneumonia. Pain medicine will make breathing more comfortable. You may also be given breathing exercises. They may decrease the risk of pneumonia.
Most fractures are due to accidents. To lower the risk:
Wear a seat belt when you are in a motor vehicle.
Wear protective equipment, such as rib pads, when playing contact sports.
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