Rib fracture

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in the rib cage cracks.


A fractured rib is usually a result of a fall or an accident. Prolonged coughing and sports with repetitive movement, such as golf or rowing, also can cause a rib fracture.


Symptoms include pain when taking a deep breath, pressing on the injured area, or bending or twisting the body.


In most cases, fractured ribs usually heal on their own in one or two months. Being less active and regularly putting ice on the area can help with healing and pain relief. Pain relievers can make it easier to breathe deeply.

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