Thr treatment for fractured ribs includes rest and the use of ice for pain and swelling,.Over-the-counter pain medications, including acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen help relieve discomfort.. If the pain is severe, injections around the nerves that supply the ribs ,nerve blocks can be used. Compression wraps for broken ribs are not used as prevent taking deep breaths, which can increase the risk of lung infections like pneumonia.
Broken ribs usually heal completely in about one to two months.
Refer http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/broken-ribs/DS00939 for more details.
I am Dr. Arch Miler, and am on the reconstructive surgery forum. The sternum can be repaired with a device called the talon. It is new, but very effective and stabilizes the sternum. I perform this procedure as well as Dr. Scott Levin at Duke University, North Carolina, and Dr. James Spann here in Tulsa. Please go to the web site rapidsternalclosure.com and you will see an animation of how it works. Please call myself, Dr. Span nor Dr. Levin and we can get you either a referral to someone close to you, or schedule you to see us,and you will need a 3D CT scan of your sternum. I hope this helps you. Respectfully,
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.