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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 - FemaleSized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - Female Ezywrap10431043

Sized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - Female

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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.
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Sized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - MaleSized Contoured Elastic Rib Belt - Male Ezywrap700700

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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.
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Universal Economy Rib BeltUniversal Economy Rib Belt Ezywrap699699

Universal Economy Rib Belt

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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.
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Universal Two Panel Rib BeltUniversal Two Panel Rib Belt Ezywrap701701

Universal Two Panel Rib Belt

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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.
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