Rib Fracture

A rib fracture occurs when one of your rib bone is cracked or breaks due to injury. The pain due to a broken rib increases on taking a deep breath, pressing on the chest, and bending or twisting your body.

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Please suggest treatment for arm fracture and rib injury.

Query: Hi doctor, My friend is a 40-year-old female. She met with an accident before 10 days. Her arms and shoulders got fractured. Her ribs too got injured. She is having chest pain, breathing problem and clot in blood vein. I have attached all her CT scan and X-ray reports with this. Please advise what...  Read Full »

Dr. Nadiminty Raghuvamsi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.As per the reports (attachment removed to protect patient's identity) submitted, I understand that it was a major accident. She has multiple injuries to various parts. Usually, with such injuries, it is difficult to isolate each problem and provide a solution without seeing...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing severe back pain for three years after a car accident due to rib fractures. Please review my MRI reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing terrible back pain for three years. It started after a car accident. It was discovered that I fractured my posterior ribs 2 to 6 on the left side and 4 on the right side. It hurts during breathing and physical activities like bending, twisting, and stretching. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) you have uploaded do not show significant abnormalities that might be causing you pain in the chest wall. There is no s...  Read Full »

I have chest soreness and radiating pain.Is this due to pleurisy or costochondritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old, otherwise healthy (as far as I know) female. I was a smoker earlier. No history of heart disease. My mother has COPD, but has been a long time smoker.  Two and a half weeks ago, I went on a hayride with my sons. I have a short stature. To get on and off the hayrid...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Rathee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right, muscular pain will not last so long. Pleurisy: It is an inflammation of the outer covering of lungs.It is most commonly caused by infections in which condition there will be fever which is not present in your case.Rarely it can also be caused by chest tr...  Read Full »

Does constant coughing cause rib injury?

Query: Hi doctor, I have annual breast MRI for a history of breast cancer. I had one last week, and the breasts looked normal. But, there was some linear enhancement on two ribs. I had rib x-rays after and they were normal. I am having a bone scan next week. My question is that prior to this MRI I had a ho...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is possible that you might have had a slight injury to your ribs due to coughing. It is not a complete fracture, though. The MRI scan picked up these lines of bone edema and therefore, linear areas of enhancement showing acute stress fracture are possible from a...  Read Full »

How do I manage painful ribs and breathing problems after a fall?

Query: Hello doctor, I slipped, fell and landed on my side four days ago and have been in a lot of pain since then, around my ribs on the left side. The pain has not lessened, sometimes feels worse. It hurts when I breathe so I have to take shallow breaths. I know that X-rays will not do much and I realize...  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concern. Severe pain in the ribs and breathing difficulty after a fall indicates some injury to the ribs. Even a minor fracture of the ribs can cause severe pain and breathing difficult...  Read Full »

Why do I get back pain while breathing?

Query: Hi doctor,I am getting pain, which starts in the right lower back. It hurts when I breathe and also when I stand, sit and sleep. I know that it is not kidney stones. But I do not know what it is. I am a 45-year-old female. My weight is 190. I am not on any regular medication.  Read Full »

Dr. Shinas Hussain A. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query, and I can understand your concern. Pain over the back while breathing needs to be evaluated thoroughly. In most cases, it is caused by some minor condition like sprained rib or some contusion of the rib caused by minor trauma or fall...  Read Full »

What does a sclerotic lesion in a rib scan indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the significance of a sclerotic lesion in rib found on CT scan? What does sclerotic mean?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A sclerotic area in the bone is a part where there is increased deposition of calcium and therefore the bone mineralization in higher in this area. The exact nature of the lesion varies with age and other existing conditions. It is usually a harmless benign fin...  Read Full »

Why does my left side of the chest pain when I laugh, cough, or sneeze after falling down from a zipline over a creek?

Query: Hi, I fell while testing a backyard zipline over a creek. My left side has pain. It hurts to laugh, cough, or sneeze. I am taking Ibuprofen and Tylenol for pain relief. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Sorry to hear about your accident, but let me also tell you that you can go back to physical activities and outdoor sports within some time. As I see on your X-rays (attachments removed to protect the patient's identi...  Read Full »

Can cancer that has spread to the bones be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I wondered if someone could help me interpret the following recent CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan. My husband has stage 4 unknown primary cancer in bones and lymph nodes. Is this report saying he now has cancer in the lungs, and how will this disease progress? He is not doing c...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a stage 4 cancer with bone metastasis (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). He should get a biopsy done to confirm the type of cancer and then plan chemotherapy protocol along with Zoledronic acid (zoledronate). It is stage 4 cancer, and it ca...  Read Full »

I am having severe pain in the lower chest while coughing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently fell off a roof. After ER visit w/ct scans and X-rays I received 7 staples in my head and was discharged. Prescribed Cephalexin and Percocet I went home for recovery. Two days ago while coughing I felt an excruciating pain what seemed to be under and behind my lowest rib o...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Have you undergone any chest X-ray? While coughing is there any sputum? Have you feeling any pain in the abdomen? Is there any blood in urine? Did you land on head or abdomen during fall? If possible, answer above questions please.  Read Full »

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