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Welcome to JA - sorry you are going through this, let me opine. Unfortunately it sounds like you have a rib fracture and there isn't really much we do for rib fractures. We just treat the pain.
Rib fractures take at least 4 weeks and can take up to 12 weeks to really heal up and minimize the pain.
Even rib brusing takes weeks to months to fully go away.
If the pain is tolerable, you can breathe fine, and your pain regimen is working, there is no need to see a provider.
If the pain is bad then you should be seen to have your pain regimen titrated up to a stronger medicine.
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Im concerned about the clicking when I push down on my swollen rib and why is it more affected in my chest when I fell on my left side?
The clicking is likely the callous that has formed around your rib. This is normal and there's nothing we really do fir it other then pain management. The reason it hurts more now is the callous is forming and the inflammation of the healing process often causes a bit more pain.
anything else i can clarify?
Rib fractures/bruises are tough as there really isn't much we can do for them while they heal other then pain management.
should I ice or heat or alternate
i tell my patient to alternate betwenn the two but ice more than heat. so 2x ice, then 1x heat, and so on.
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