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I think I cracked my rib, but not sure. i am an aerialist

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I think I cracked my rib, but not sure. i am an aerialist and instructor. So not sure what doctor to go see. It only hurts when I sit or lie weird, cough and laugh.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
You can go to the ER for fastest response.
You need rib xrays first to rule out any fracture.
In most cases, the fracture is nondisplaced.
That does not require any surgical fixatino.
Can be managed conservatively.
However, if there is lung injury or significantly displaced fracture then it will require surgical intervention.
That can be arranged for in the ER.
So you are better off going to the Er for initial management.
Avoid any contact activities for now, avoid heavy lifting.
The rib fracture usually heals within 6 to 10 weeks.
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