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I am sorry that you have sustained such an injury.
If a rib fracture occurred, the timeline for healing would vary according to whether the edges of the fracture are in good approximation, which is also referred to as whether there is displacement. If the edges are close to each other, then you are correct that the average time for healing would be 1-2 weeks, so that there would be new bone formed across the fracture site in another 3-4 weeks.
The difficult situation would be if there is significant displacement. The greater the amount of displacement, the longer it will take for spontaneous healing to occur. In rare situations, the amount of displacement is such that there needs to be surgical intervention to correct the displacement.
As long as the pain is steadily improving, then it is OK to continue conservative management at home, but if the symptoms are not improving or if any shortness of breath develops, then it would be more important to be seen.
Is there any other information that would be helpful?
Generally speaking, yes, which is why most rib fractures do not need any interventions to correct significant displacement. It is only in rare cases in which there is significant displacement despite the muscular component of the rib cage, from both the intercostal muscles and the larger muscles that arise on the outside of the rib cage.
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