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How do I know if I have cracked a rib?

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Hi, I think I injured my ribs doing snow shoveling when the shovel hit a crack in the sidewalk various times and I was moving the shovel at a fast pace as I was just pushing the light snow. The pain wasn't bad at first but it seems to be getting a lot worse over the past 24 hours or so. I do have a couple of small bruises near my ribs.
Thu, 7 Jun 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
May have rib injury.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for posting your query.
I have gone through your query,there may be rib injury,so go for x-ray chest to rule out any bony injury.Till than you can do hot fomentation,avoid wt bearing,applied chest belt and take muscle relaxant like thiocholchicoside 4mg along wit aceclofenac for pain.
I hope this answers your query.
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Wishing you good health.
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Follow-up: How do I know if I have cracked a rib? 8 minutes later
Thanks. I took a Tylenol 3 with codeine that I had from a different situation. It seems to only hurt when I move around. The more I walk around or bend over the more it hurts. If it's a cracked rib what do they do for that ?
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 5 minutes later
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Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing again.
Tylenol 3 with codeine will also help in pain,the symptoms you are telling are possible in one or two rib fracture,treatment include only chest belt and rest.
Hope my answer is helpful.
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