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Bang on the sides during playing, later had pain during breathing, coughing. Advise?

Hi, i played a game of rugby yesterday and during a tackle i was lying on my left side trying to turn onto my front to avoid injury but another player landed on me hard.. Didn t notice too much pain at the time, i was winded for a few seconds but seemed ok after that and played on.. This morning however i m finding it painful to breathe and it hurts when i cough , i ve tried stretching of my chest to see if it s muscle pain but i don t feel the same pain when i do that.. Sorry if it s nothing but i d like your opinion before i see someone Thanks
Asked On : Sun, 21 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014

Thanks for posting your query.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture.

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from soft tissue injury. I suggest you to consult a doctor nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

In the interim, ice the affected area and take anti-inflammatory drug like mortin to reduce pain and inflammation.

Dr Saurabh Gupta
Orthopaedic surgeon.
Answered: Sun, 21 Oct 2012
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