How is it treated?
If your doctor thinks you have internal injuries
along with a fractured rib, you may need to be treated or watched in the
hospital. You may be given strong medicine to control your pain.
But most fractured ribs are treated at home and will heal on their own
over time. Home treatment will help you manage the pain while you heal. Pain
relief can help you feel better and let you take deeper breaths.
A fractured rib usually takes at least 6 weeks to heal. To help manage
the pain while the fracture heals:
While you are healing, it is important to cough or take the
deepest breath you can at least once an hour. This can help prevent pneumonia
partial collapse of the lung tissue.
you have fractured your ribs and you have not injured your neck or back, it is
a good idea to lie on your injured side. This may seem odd at first, but it
will let you take deeper breaths.
In the past, it was common to
tape or tightly wrap the injured rib area. But you should not do this, even if it eases your pain. It can keep you from
taking deep breaths, and it could cause parts of your lung to collapse or could
increase your risk for pneumonia.