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Ideally, you should get an xray to confirm that it is really a muscle that is torn and not a fractured rib. But if you are sure that it is indeed a torm muscle, here is what you can do:
- Apply an ice-pack for 10 minuts every hour for 4 hours then 4 times a day.
- Apply a painreliever like Tobricin or Icyhot.
- Take Motrin 500mg twice daily aftre food for 7 days.
-Continue to use the rib belt.
If you do not feel better in 1 week, please consult a doctor for an evaluation.
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