Rib fracture

Overview

A fractured rib is usually a result of a fall or accident. Prolonged coughing and sports with repetitive movement, such as golf, also can cause a rib fracture.

Symptoms

Symptoms include pain when taking a deep breath, pressing on the injured area, or bending or twisting the body.

Treatments

In most cases, fractured ribs usually heal on their own in one or two months. Pain relievers can make it easier to breathe deeply.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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