Question by  blahblah33 (34)

How serious is strained cartilage in rib cage?

My ribs are really painful.


Answer by  stiners (221)

The seriousness in rib cage injuries lies in what can develop after. The pain may cause you to breathe less deeply, which increase the risk for pneumonia. Be sure you are taking deep breaths throughout the day. Hold a pillow tightly to your ribs to help with the pain.


Answer by  soothsayer (500)

It should not be of much concern in the absence of any lung or pleural injury which will cause dyspnoea. Adequate rest and analgesics should suffice.


Answer by  spragoo (1500)

Well, it is not life threatening, but extremely painful. You don't realize how much you move in that area until you get injured there.


Answer by  RRGKK (412)

It will depend on the severity, of course, but they bounce back fairly well. Not knowing how long you have been in pain, I would suggest seeking medical attention.

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