chest wall pain caused by strained muscles or
ligaments or a fractured rib:
Rest. Rest and protect
an injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that
may be causing your pain or soreness.
Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Apply an
ice or cold pack immediately to prevent or minimize swelling. Apply the ice
or cold pack for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day. After 48 to 72 hours,
if swelling is gone, apply
to the area that hurts.
Do not wrap or tape
your ribs for support. This may cause you to take smaller breaths, which could
increase your risk for developing
pneumonia or partial lung collapse
Medicated creams that you put on the skin (topical)
may soothe sore muscles.
Gentle stretching and massage may help
you get better faster. Stretch slowly to the point just before discomfort
begins, then hold the stretch for 30 to 60 seconds. Do this 3 to 4 times a day.
It is really helpful after the use of heat.
As your pain gets
better, slowly return to your normal activities. Any increased pain may mean
that you need to rest a while longer.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow
these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all
directions on the medicine bottle and box.