Broken Rib Symptoms are specific and obvious.
If you have a broken (or fractured) rib, you'll know it. You'll REALLY know it.
A bruised rib is bad enough. A break or fracture is even worse.
The good news is, it's mostly just pain. Sure it's BAD pain, but it's just pain.
There are three main causes of a bruised rib or broken rib.
Impact can come in any of a variety of forms:
The impact causes bruise or bruise and fracture/break. That causes pain in general and quick progression of the Pain Causing Dynamic.
Disease can cause bone pain. But in the context of broken rib symptoms, the role that disease plays here is more about weakening the bone structure such that a fracture or break can happen, or happen more easily.
Bone cancer weakens bone, and it causes bone pain. If you have bone pain for no reason (you didn't run into anything or have any impact or pressure), it's worth it to see a doctor just to rule out anything serious.
Osteoporosis, which is not really a disease (it's a nutrition deficiency symptom) weakens bone so it can easily fracture (or break, as in the case of a broken hip bone).
Broken rib symptoms from impact are different than symptoms from osteoporosis or bone cancer.
There are two general categories of rib pain, controlled by the cause of the fracture or break.
Broken ribs from impact injury is BAD.
Fractured or broken ribs from osteoporosis or bone disease can become bad, but for the most part, even with fractures, it's more dull constant ache.
Impact break symptoms
When you're in a car accident and break a rib, it hurts. A LOT. For a long time.
The pain is:
Fracture from disease symptoms
When you have rib fractures, even multiple fractures, from osteoporosis the pain is:
Why The Difference?
Fracture pain from osteroporosis isn't as bad because the bone sturctures have weakened. Those fractures are more of a crumbling falling apart than a 'break' from impact.
So it's more of a degeneration pain.
Whereas broken ribs from impact had a lot of sudden force applied to the spot(s).
So not only is there the break itself, but there's also bone bruise (along the area of impact, and where bone broke). Osteoporosis fractures doesn't have the bone bruise component (or it has much less of it).
How to minimize broken rib symptoms and have things heal faster?
You can just let time make things better. But it's a slow process.
Or, you can put in some time and effort and speed things along.
Do note, that fractures from osteoporosis pretty much won't heal with time. They can't, because the body doesn't have the nutrition it needs to build strong bones.
But if you got a damaging bear hug in wrestling, or took an impact in football, or car accident, you can speed things along. It might not feel like it at first, but there's a lot happening there under the surface of the skin.
So, How To Minimize Broken Rib Symptoms?
If it's osteoporosis related, you have to reverse the osteroporosis. That will allow actual healing.
The above three are necessary for speeding healing/recovery. Take note, however, that you probably won't notice much in the first couple few weeks.
The game here is becoming pain free in 2-4 months instead of 6-8 months. The icing and such will help in the very short term, absolutely, but keep your focus on the bigger picture.
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