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Have fallen and have pin on top of rib cage and had bad cough like gagging. What to do?

Feb 2014
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I think i might of Bruised/cracked a rib because i fell out of our pool and landed on grass. The pain is at the top of the rib cage. Or i have also had a very bad cough where i have been coughing so much i was actually gagging. So i am not sure how i might of done this. What should i do now.
Posted Sun, 18 Aug 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 1 hour later

Thanks for writing to us.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture rib.

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

In the interim,apply ice packs to the affected area,anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid lifting and rest well.

Hope this helps you.

Wishing you good health.

Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
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