Fractured rib cage

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Most broken ribs heal on their own within six weeks. Restricting activities and icing the area regularly can help with healing and pain relief. If the fracture is pretty severe, such as several broken ribs in a line, surgical intervention should be applied in case it punctures the lung.

It is a common injury that occurs when one of the bones in your rib cage breaks or cracks. The most common cause is chest trauma, such as from a fall, motor vehicle accident or impact during contact sports.

Many broken ribs are merely cracked. While still painful, cracked ribs aren't as potentially dangerous as ribs that have been broken into separate pieces. A jagged edge of broken bone can damage major blood vessels or internal organs, such as the lung.

In most cases, broken ribs usually heal on their own in one or two months. However, adequate pain control is important so that you can continue to breathe deeply and avoid lung complications, such as pneumonia.

I broke my ribs 1 yr. Ago. Got better but fell on left side of rib cage in February. I have been sick with viris better now but my left rib cage i just feel sick in.What am i doing wrong? Not healing or are thr other complications i should be concerned aboit? Thank you Sally
Hi Sally, do you have other chronic disease? It's better to get a a chest CT for diagnosis. It might be due to the incomplete recovery of the injury. Therefore, you still need to have a good rest.