Medications It's important to obtain adequate pain relief because if it hurts too much to breathe deeply, you may develop pneumonia.
Therapy Some doctors would use compression wraps — elastic bandages that you can wrap around your chest — to help "splint" and immobilize the area. If the compression wraps affects your ability to take deep breaths, then you should discuss with your doctor as this might increase risk of pneumonia. For this risk of pneumonia many doctors are no longer using this technique, instead they rely on good pain killer, and the ribs will heal naturally.
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