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Pain in the rib after an injury. Treatment?

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I was walking with a box the other day and hit a wall. The box went into my stomach under my rt ribs. Last night I worked out and did ab work. Today hurts under my right rib if I breathe in. Could I have bruised something? What can I do?
Posted Sun, 15 Apr 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.

From the description provided it seems that you have injured your chest wall muscles. It seems to be a swelling or extreme pain on touch indicative of XXXXXXX bruise, then there is nothing worrisome as of now.

Any muscle strain will require time to heal and till then you can take any anti-inflammatory analgesic containing acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain relief. You could try Tablet Aspirin 325 mg every 6 hours with meals. Physiotherapy and hot fomentation may provide early relief.

Do not lift any heavy weights and avoid a workout till healing.

If the pain persists or you develop any new symptom like fever, restriction of movement etc. then seek prompt medical consultation. Otherwise just take adequate rest, a healthy diet and plenty of fluids for better healing.

I hope this answers your query effectively.

In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.

Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.

Wishing you good health.

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