Ribs Sprains and Strains | Auckland Health and Performance

Ribs Sprains and Strains

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How do I know if I have broken a rib?

  • Will have required some force i.e contact sports, falls, car accidents
  • Pain while breathing in
  • If you touch the spot where your rib is broken, it will hurt more.
  • The pain will get worse if you twist your body.
  • Bruising present
  • Coughing laughing sneezing may increase pain

How do I know if I have strained a rib?

Similar but less intense symptoms depending on the person

But a break is to the bone

And a rib strain is to the muscle ligament or fascia that connects the ribs

In some injuries both can be present

What are the treatments for broken and strained ribs?

Sometimes the best bet is to leave it alone

Once you’ve seen a medical professional to rule out punctured lungs and other organ damage. Some sort of imaging like an xray or CT scan is required

We manage rib movement and soft tissue function to provide you with some relief along the way

How long do broken/strained ribs take to heal?

Approximately 2 months