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What causes popping sensation in ribs post injury?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: My husband broken a rib last Friday. Went and got an xray to confirm it. Now he says he has a popping sensation. He is worried he is re-breaking the rib.
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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It's the broken remnant only....

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXX , Welcome to HCM,

I'm sorry to hear about the incident.

Well as it seems from your history , it's the broken remnant which is moving with his (your husband) respiratory movement of the chest wall.

I'm afraid that it's nothing too serious at the moment but will be a persistent nagging problem (as it always is in this kind of incidence).

So for the time being it's rest , pain killers and avoidance of any strenuous activities are the things needed to be done .

Also it'll subside on it's on over a period of time and the due course of treatment, provided there's no further injuries or pre-existing co-morbidities which can precipitate it(like osteoporosis).

Please inform him not to lie down on the same side of the broken rib for at least a few days more.

Try to take a lot of Calcium rich foods (lot of cheese and milk products as his health permits) along with lot of rest as they will promote further healing.

In the meanwhile , if only there's any severe symptoms like sudden onset breathing difficulties, new onset lumps , easy bruising then he might need urgent care's attention .

Other than this he will just be fine, don't worry about it dear.

Good Day
Regards

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What causes popping sensation in ribs post injury?

Brief Answer: It's the broken remnant only.... Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX , Welcome to HCM, I'm sorry to hear about the incident. Well as it seems from your history , it's the broken remnant which is moving with his (your husband) respiratory movement of the chest wall. I'm afraid that it's nothing too serious at the moment but will be a persistent nagging problem (as it always is in this kind of incidence). So for the time being it's rest , pain killers and avoidance of any strenuous activities are the things needed to be done . Also it'll subside on it's on over a period of time and the due course of treatment, provided there's no further injuries or pre-existing co-morbidities which can precipitate it(like osteoporosis). Please inform him not to lie down on the same side of the broken rib for at least a few days more. Try to take a lot of Calcium rich foods (lot of cheese and milk products as his health permits) along with lot of rest as they will promote further healing. In the meanwhile , if only there's any severe symptoms like sudden onset breathing difficulties, new onset lumps , easy bruising then he might need urgent care's attention . Other than this he will just be fine, don't worry about it dear. Good Day Regards