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Hit in the top part of chest with elbow, pains and trouble breathing. Took Ibuprofen. Anything to worry ?

my daughter age 16 was hit in the top part of her chest with an elbow tonight during her high school basketball game. Came out for a few min. She doesn t complain much. Went back in and continued to play entire game. After game she complained about trouble breathing and pain. Trainer put ice on it. By the time the boys game was over she was laying in locker room and couldn t even carry her bag to the car. She came home and went to recliner and just wanted to rest and sleep. I gave her 800mg of ibuprofen . Says it hurts to breath, talk or move. Resting now. Do we need to see a doctor in the morning?
Asked On : Sat, 2 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

An injury to the chest could be extremely painful even when there is no underlying injury to the skeletal structure. But, we always look out for symptoms like difficulty in breathing for further evaluation.

The difficulty in breathing could be a sign of a fracture rib, or injured cartilage. A physical examination and a chest x-ray would be the best thing to do as of now.

I request you to kindly take your doctor to a doctor for the best management of her condition. Once all possibilities have been ruled out, and if it only muscular injury, then the application of topical pain management ointments would help greatly.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to me anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
Answered: Sat, 2 Feb 2013
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