Question by  bigd921 (19)

What can I do about a cracked rib?

My doctor didn't really tell me what to do.


Answer by  sue123 (375)

There is no treatment to alleviate this problem. Time is the only thing that will heal a cracked rib. It will hurt for quite some time. Try to be patient.


Answer by  HawaiianGirl (6906)

There is no way to really fix a cracked rib. You will have to take it easy for a while. Do not do any strenuous activities that could harm you further. Also, you must get lots of rest to allow the rib to heal.


Answer by  kungfukid (1241)

Obviously you want to take it easy and move very slowly for the next few days. You need to work on reducing inflammation as quickly as possible. Use zyflamend and white willow bark.


Answer by  benjiross (993)

A cracked rib usually heals by itself. It only needs surgery if it is poking the lung underneath. You need some rest and probably a little chest strapping.


Answer by  PAtobeDU12 (239)

There is not much you can do for a cracked rib aside from resting and trying not to move it too much. You can put a heating pad on it and take Tylenol or Advil to reduce the pain. Wrapping tape around the chest to stabilize it is not good.


Answer by  JSmith0330 (616)

Cracked ribs heal it self. take pains meds doctor gave you. check with your doctor see if its ok to alternate using cold and hot compress. try taking deep breath in and out also it will hurt but good to do . if having trouble breathing see your doctor.


Answer by  nick76 (8)

I had cracked rib many times so i know answer.It is simple just very tight elastic bandage and it will heal there is no other way to heal a rib just make sure that is not relacated and elastic bandage oround your ribs very cast can do work there.


Answer by  atman (308)

There is not much you can do but let it heal on it's own. Take over the counter pain medicines for any pain you may experience. Splint your chest when you cough with a pillow to reduce pain associated with coughing. Taping ribs is no longer done. With time the fracture will heal itself.

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