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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Cracked ribs?

 tinks - Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:29 pm

26yr old female, normally fit and well, no regular medications.

H/O falling at speed onto the ice skating rink. initially knee hurt a lot, bruising almost instantly, then approx 5-7mins later left sided chest pain increasinlgy gettin worse even when i was still there was a sharp pain (this has subsided now). went to a&e, no xray taken just told to take painkillers. is it possible my ribs have been cracked by the impact of the fall?

it is now 36hrs since accident and pain mainly when getting up and lying down and the occasional deep breath despite the pain killers, difficult to get comfortable, any advice anyone?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:02 am

User avatar Hi Tinks,

It is very possible that you have cracked a rib. Falling while ice skating can produce enough force to break bones, including ribs if you land with the right orientation.

Treatment is basically supportive. Sometimes splinting the ribs can help with the pain if a rib is cracked.

If your pain is not improving I would recommend you follow up with your doctor.

Best wishes.

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