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Injury in pectoral area, pain when taking deep breaths. Need for worry?

Yesterday, while playing basketball, a player lowered his shoulder directly into my pectoral area and at first I thought it would be just a sore. It occured last night around 10pm and last night I had pain when taking deep breaths or when breathing facing the ground. Woke this morning an pain is still very presebt when taking deep breaths and certain angles hurt a lot during regular breathing. Is it something to be worried about?
Asked On : Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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Thank you for the query.

It is possible that such trauma has caused rib fractures and pneumothorax (air accumulation in the chest). Generally broken ribs does not need any treatment however pneumothorax in some cases needs medical attention as it can be life threatening. That is why you should visit your doctor and have ribs X-ray and chest X-ray.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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