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How long does rib fracture take time to heal?

Have had fractured ribs for 5 months now. Dr. Said it could take up to a year to heal. So far I am wearing a TENS unit, have a pain cream, going to physical therapy, seeing a pain psychologist, taking neurontin, and have had a intercostal nerve block. Nothing is helping. My ribs pop, I have a reoccurring small bruise and multiple places that pop and a knot that moves up and down. Am I going to have this pain for an entire year? Osteoporosis-no Age47 Multiple fractures in past year that have not healed Otherwise healthy Also, so much pain I have Ost 40 pounds in last 3 months, now weight 140
Tue, 13 Aug 2019
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Hello,

Usually, the rib fracture needs fro three to five months to heal.

During this period it is necessary to use anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen for the pain.

It is also recommended to maintain the area immobilized to prevent further damage.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi, General &Family Physician
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How long does rib fracture take time to heal?

Hello, Usually, the rib fracture needs fro three to five months to heal. During this period it is necessary to use anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen for the pain. It is also recommended to maintain the area immobilized to prevent further damage. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi, General &Family Physician