Breaking a rib is one of the most painful impact injuries that anybody can experience, resulting in a great deal of discomfort every time a deep breath is attempted. Thankfully such an injury rarely results in the need for surgery, as broken ribs often heal themselves over a period of around six weeks, but a full examination should be undertaken the moment that somebody suspects they may have incurred this injury. It may prove to be something less serious, such as bruising or a pulled muscle, but there is nothing to be gained by ignoring broken rib pain.
How Do I Know if I Have a Broken Rib?
It can sometimes be difficult to be certain that a rib is broken – cracked ribs or pulled muscles often have a similar impact on the human body, and bruised rib symptoms are also almost identical. Pain is a universal warning sign; if it hurts to breathe or cough, it is advisable to present at a hospital for an x-ray as soon as possible. Swelling and bruising is also common, but not guaranteed; in fact, cracked rib symptoms can include no bruising. Do not make the mistake of only thinking that your chest will be affected, either. Broken ribs in the back are also very common and should be taken extremely seriously.
What do Doctors Do for Broken Ribs?
Broken rib treatment starts with a number of important tests. If you present to a doctor with a suspected broken rib, it was be assessed visually before you are invited to take a scan such as an x-ray. If the rib (or ribs) is confirmed to be broken, the healthcare professional will most likely order bed rest and physical exercises – broken ribs heal by themselves, but may require some assistance from physiotherapy. If this is the case, be sure to get in touch with Medical Expert; we will access information to any free assistance that you may be entitled to.
Will Surgery Be Required?
This is usually not the case as a broken rib will eventually knit itself back together once the body is sufficiently rested, but in some cases surgical intervention may be necessary. This will usually be a result of the broken rib impacting upon vital internal organs, such as the heart of the lungs, or the rib looking unlikely to heal by itself and needing the assistance of a foreign addition such as a steel plate. If this is the case, make sure you get in touch with Medical Expert – you may need a more comprehensive aftercare package, and we will be able to locate any complimentary assistance for you.
How Long Does it Take for a Broken Rib to Heal?
The average recovery time for a broken rib is around six weeks – if you are still experiencing broken rib pain after this time when you breathe deeply, seek the advice of a doctor or other medical professional as there may have been a complication during the recovery process. Bruised rib symptoms or those connected to pulled muscles should pass sooner. While you are in recovery for your cracked rib, you will be expected to rest and take regular pain management medication – and follow the advice of your doctor with regard to any physical therapy. If you need further help with this, and are looking for free assistance, Medical Expert is only ever a phone call away.
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Breaking a rib can be a big deal, and it’s certainly very, very painful. Anybody that finds themselves in such a situation will be looking for as much help as they can get, which is why it is always advisable to pick up the phone and dial 020 3870 4868 to make contact with Medical Expert. True to our name, we will be able to provide plenty of information that will help anybody living with broken ribs, including advice on any complimentary physical therapy, pain management or medical apparatus that may be available in the local area. There’s no point in delaying – call us now!