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Is severe pain in the left rib indicative of a fracture?

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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :1999

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Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2018 in General Health
Question: I leaned over the edge of the sofa yesterday causing a pain under my left arm on my ribs. I have a cold and it really hurts my ribs. No bruising. I have osteoporosis. Could so little pressure cause a fracture? Last scan rated the osteoporosis 3. I am in good XXXXXXX Thank you.
Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
It is possible.

Detailed Answer:


Osteoporosis causes fractures without significant external force. A slight hit or pressure on fragile bones may cause a fracture. Bruising is not necessary. If there is a very sore point on the rib and you feel pain when taking deep breaths then it is possible. An X-ray should clarify everything.

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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis, Internal Medicine Specialist
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