Treatment depends on the type of pain and the severity of your injury. It may involve integrative medicine, pain management, surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Other treatment options include:
- Cold compresses and over-the-counter medicine
- Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling
Rib Fracture Stabilization
A broken rib is a painful experience and can take 6 weeks to 6 months to heal. But for those who’ve suffered from multiple broken ribs, complicated fractures or who have an active lifestyle, there’s a way we can help you recover faster and less painfully: rib fracture stabilization.
Performed by Aurora Health Care’s Dr. William Tisol
, the technique involves putting a titanium plate across the fracture.
Your ribs cannot be put in a cast like other broken bones because ribs are constantly moving. Every time you move or breathe, your ribs go up and down. With the rib fracture stabilization procedure, the new rib plates mimic the movement of the ribs. Most patients are out of the hospital 5 days after surgery and recover quickly.