How to treat fracture of 9th & 10th ribs?

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Caucasian female fell, fractured 9 &10 ribs.  How to treat?

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Today, treatment for broken ribs typically focuses on a combination of rest, pain management, and breathing exercises.

Indications for surgical intervention include a flail chest (three or more adjacent ribs broken in multiple places) or multiple rib fractures that are causing breathing problems.

The pain from rib fractures can be treated with a combination of:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opioids
  • NSAIDs (drugs like Advil)

Seek immediate medical care if you experience:

  • difficulty catching your breath
  • coughing up mucus more often or coughing up thicker mucus
  • coughing up blood
  • blue lips
  • fever of 102ºF (38.8°C) or higher
How severe is the fracture? Do you feel pain or difficulty when you breath? How long have you got the fracture? Usually, fracture of two ribs and there is no abnormal breathing movement, conservative treatment such as restriction of the chest is enough. If the pain is severe, pain killer can be used. It takes several weeks for the recovery of fracture.
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