Experiencing Bruised and Broken Ribs Are 2 Different Things

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  Thousands of people each year experience broken or bruised ribs. Many people tend to get the two confused because they both have mirroring symptoms. Broken ribs and bruised ribs are two completely different things. Symptoms vary very slightly between the both. Broken and bruised ribs can typically be treated at home, but it's best to seek medical attention. Broken ribs can become a serious issue depending on the severity of the injury. Broken or bruised ribs are usually caused by a person falling or coughing extremely hard to where it puts too much pressure on the ribs, therefore breaking them. Broken and bruised ribs can both be extremely painful, but they should resolve within a few weeks. Unfortunately, if you do have broken ribs, a medical professional can usually only help you by giving you pain medication unless the ribs are severely damaged to where it may be a life-threatening situation. Broken and bruised ribs are usually treated the same way since it's hard to splint the ribs. Broken Rib Symptoms
  • Taking a deep breath causes you an extreme amount of pain
  • Increasing pain when you press on the area of injury
  • Increasing pain when you twist or bend your body
Bruised Rib Symptoms
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain when you breathe
  • Pain and tenderness of the injured area
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications will ease the pain of your broken or bruised ribs by taking it regularly as the dosage instructions indicate on the bottle.
  • Resting is one of the main things that you need to do when you injure your ribs, especially if they are broken. If you don't rest, your ribs won't be able to heal themselves.
  • Using ice is a great way to numb the pain of injured ribs. It's important that you constantly have the ice on your ribs without removing it. It's ok to place ice in a bag and wrap it in a towel if needed.
Be sure to do breathing exercises while your ribs heal themselves. If you don't do breathing exercises, you may get a chest infection from mucus build up. Be sure to take 10 deep breaths every hour to keep your lungs free of mucus. Make sure that you feel your lungs entirely opening up. Seeing a Doctor If your pain hasn't gotten better over the course of a few weeks, you need to see a medical professional as soon as possible. They may be able to prescribe you stronger pain medication and they may even suggest that you go to a specialist for further treatment. If you have any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention right away:
  • Coughing up blood
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increasing chest pain
  • Pain in the stomach or shoulder
If you have any of these symptoms, the injury may be more serious than you think. It's important to rest while you are waiting on your ribs to heal. If you don't rest, you may cause more injuries to the ribs. There are slight differences between bruised and broken ribs. The only way to find out for sure what's going on is to get an x-ray.

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