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Rib Fracture
 
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The curved contour of the ribs and their ability to flex allow them to absorb the forces associated with fractures. Nevertheless, any bone will fracture with sufficient force. The weakest point of the ribs is the outer curve.
 
Symptoms Include:
  • Painful, shallow breathing.
  • Rib pain while coughing.
  • Bruising or swelling at fracture site.
  • Localized tenderness in the fracture site.
Treatment:
Non-surgical treatment
  • Rest…reduction of physical activity until the rib pain subsides (4 to 6 weeks on average).
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn and Celebrex may be used to decrease rib pain. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting these medications.
  • Rehabilitation to help breathing.
  • Cold therapy at the fracture site to relieve the rib pain.
  • Use of a rib belt or binder may be recommended.
Soft Tissue Injuries

Injuries to the soft tissues of the thorax (rib cage) typically involve the intercostal muscles. Vigorous twisting of the body or extreme arm motions commonly are associated with soft tissue injuries of the thorax (rib cage). Costal cartilage separation at the attachment to the sternum is usually the result of trauma.

Symptoms Include:
  • Painful, shallow breathing.
  • Rib pain while coughing.
  • Bruising or swelling.
  • Localized tenderness
Treatment:
Non-surgical treatment
  • Rest…reduction of physical activity until the rib pain subsides (4 to 6 weeks on average).
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn and Celebrex may be used to decrease rib pain. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting these medications.
  • Rehabilitation to help breathing.
  • Cold therapy at the fracture site to relieve the rib pain.
  • Use of a rib belt or binder may be recommended.


Recommended Products for Rib Fracture & Sprain



Sized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - Female

Sized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - Female

Painful rib injuries are controlled with our 6 inch rib belt. Contoured single panel latex free elastic is breathable washable and assures a proper fit. Three 1 ½ inch polyethylene stays provide support and stability. Complete with convenient ezywrap® Velcro® closure. Available in sized male or female styles. Order today and breathe easier tomorrow.(read more...)
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Sized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - Male

Sized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - Male

Painful rib injuries are controlled with our 6 inch rib belt. Contoured single panel latex free elastic is breathable washable and assures a proper fit. Three 1 ½ inch polyethylene stays provide support and stability. Complete with convenient ezywrap® Velcro® closure. Available in sized male or female styles. Order today and breathe easier tomorrow.(read more...)
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Universal Economy Rib Belt

Universal Economy Rib Belt

A convenient universally sized version of our sized 6 inch economy rib belt. Available in universal sizing for male and female with a soft foam ezywrap® front Velcro® closure. All the features of the sized belt with all the economy of a universal sized product await you.(read more...)
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Universal Two Panel Rib Belt

Universal Two Panel Rib Belt

Comfort and support are the hallmarks of our most popular rib belt. The two panel latex free elastic assures a breathable and durable solution for injured ribs. Contoured to maximize a customized fit, with a flannel lined for comfort. This belt is available in male and female styles. Ezywrap® Velcro® closure compliments this product. Don’t hesitate, order conveniently on line.(read more...)
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