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a bruised sternum can sometimes take 4-12 weeks to slowly heal, depending on the extent of trauma and the age of the patient.
she is 73 years old, so she may heal slower than younger patients.
putting ice packs wrapped in a towel on the area can help decrease inflammation and pain and swelling
a chest CT scan can check for hairline fractures in the sternum as well
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