Posted by Heart Hugger on Sep 8, 2017 7:46:00 PM
Rib fractures are surprisingly common. Just like with every other bone, ribs can be fractured in multiple different ways, and the specifics are crucial in deciding treatment and care. Rib fractures can be uncomplicated, which means that the bone is broken in only one location, or complicated, which means that the ribs are broken in multiple locations or are extremely unstable.
Because of the location and huge responsibility of the ribs themselves, even an uncomplicated rib fracture could lead to serious complications; internal chest bleeding, lung collapse, fluid accumulation, and countless other medical issues can arise. As a result, there are a few important things to consider when you have a fractured rib.
What to Know About Fractured Ribs
So, what needs to be on your mind if you fracture a rib? Here's a quick look!
- Pain control. The most common symptom of a rib fracture is pain—pain that can take up to six months to dissipate entirely. As a result, pain control needs to be on the forefront of your mind if you break a rib. This helps you maintain the ability to breathe deeply, protecting your lungs, your body, and your overall health.
- Stabilization. Keeping the injured area stable is a big consideration no matter what the situation, but a rib fracture requires extra care in this area. Certain Sternum Stabilization devices can help offer the support needed to ensure that healing happens quickly and safely.
- Hospitalization. In certain cases, a fractured rib means a trip to the hospital. More often than not, this is just a safety measure—ribs are close to numerous vital organs, and thus a fracture can be more serious than it appears—but there are some situations when surgery will be required. Even if surgery isn't necessary, it's still a good idea to consult a physician. In the case of a rib fracture, just remember that old advice: better safe than sorry!
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