5 Tips for Reducing Pain After Rib Fracture

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If you have recently suffered a rib fracture, you know how painful it can be. The good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the pain and help your ribs heal faster.

Here are some tips for reducing pain from a rib fracture:

1. Take Pain Medication: Taking over-the-counter or prescription pain medication can help reduce the pain associated with a rib fracture. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions when taking any medication.

2. Use Ice or Heat: Applying ice or heat to the area of the fracture can help reduce swelling and inflammation, which can in turn reduce pain. Be sure to wrap the ice or heat source in a towel before applying it directly to your skin.

3. Wear Supportive Clothing: Wearing supportive clothing such as a brace or wrap can help provide extra support for your ribs and reduce movement, which can help reduce pain.

4. Avoid Activities That Increase Pain: Certain activities such as coughing, sneezing, and deep breathing can increase pain associated with a rib fracture. Try to avoid these activities if possible and take shallow breaths instead.

5. Get Plenty of Rest: Getting plenty of rest is essential for healing from any injury, including a rib fracture. Make sure you get enough sleep each night and take breaks throughout the day if needed.

By following these tips, you should be able to reduce the pain associated with your rib fracture and speed up your recovery time!

About rodney itaki

Medical doctor and public health specialist from Papua New Guinea.
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