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A rib fracture is a crack or break in one of the bones of the rib
A rib fracture is most often caused by a direct blow to the chest.
Other causes include forceful coughing or having thin bones (such as from
osteoporosis or cancer).
A rib fracture can be very painful:
The treatment for a rib fracture that does not occur with a more
serious injury is usually rest, ice to the area, and medicine to relieve
Current as of:
March 21, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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