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Is it safe skiing after rib injury? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2014
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User:I fell hard on my chest and abdomen about a week and a half ago while sprinting with my dog. For the first several days the glands in my neck were painful to touch. My ribs on both sides hurt and continue to hurt. I even have pain on my spine although I landed on my front. However, today I am starting to have a strange feeling on my left side at the base on my ribs. It feels like my ribs are catching on something deeper. I started looking at this site for general anatomy information. I fell so hard, I lost my breath, urine, and had distorted vision for a few hours. I'm 45 yrs old, 145lbs and active. I will leaving to snow ski in a few days. Should I try to see my physician before I go. I'm more concerned about my internal organs than my ribs, I know they will heal over time. What do you think?
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Doctor:Hello, i have gone through your query carefully
Doctor:and my opinion is... you should probably postpone your skiing trip
User:Skiing is an option, but the trip is not. We will be driving from Louisiana to Colorado leaving Thursday. I thought I would try and skiing on Mon if my ribs feel better.
Doctor:are you there?
Doctor:If it is an option, it is one I would advise you not to opt for
Doctor:You may go on the trip, but please do not do any skiing or sports activity for at least another one month
Doctor:Injuries take time to heal
User:Each day I start feeling better and then I over do it and end up in pain at night. I have only taken Advil in the evening to sleep. Wow a month! I had no idea.
Doctor:Month is a very conservative time
User:What about light stretching and walking?
Doctor:is you suffer any broken ribs or ligament injury the restriction would at least be 3 months
Doctor:Light stretching and walking are fine
Doctor:but nothing more, jogging is acceptable too
User:Should I get an ex ray to see if I broke anything?
Doctor:You should have got an X-ray on the day you fell
Doctor:It would still be useful to get one
Doctor:Even when you fall on your front, the ribs can dislocate from behind, that is at the spine
User:I know, but my husband was a paramedic and thought I just knocked the wind out of myself. He doesn't respond unless its life threatening.
Doctor:or they can crack
User:Maybe that's why my spine is sensitive to touch.
Doctor:That kind of a forceful fall does cause rib fractures, we can't be sure until an X-ray is done
User:I'm concerned about the sudden pain/catching on my left side. I know that's where my spleen is right?
Doctor:that is why I said no to skiing
Doctor:that's where the spleen is
Doctor:but that kind of sudden catchy pain could mean a broken rib
Doctor:If you had hurt your spleen or liver, you wouldn't be walking around, you would have been inside a hospital still
Doctor:So I don't think that is the case, however, it is best to rule out that as well
User:Ok, I will get an ex ray before I go. And I won't ski.
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
User:You have been very helpful. I read about the glands in my neck hurting, seem to be classic whiplash.
Doctor:I apologize for being a bit rude and authoritative
Doctor:But that was intentional to make you realize the seriousness of the issue
Doctor:The glands in my opinion are due to the local inflammation after the fall
User:No, you are fine. I needed to hear it because I would have tried to ski before I spoke with you. Thank you.
Doctor:Don't worry about the glands in the neck, they will disappear soo
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:I guess that's it. Appreciate your candid assessment. Have a great day!
Doctor:Thank you for appreciating my efforts
Doctor:It was my pleasure to answer your questions
Doctor:You too have a great day ahead
Doctor:have a safe trip
Doctor:Bye, and take care
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