Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

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Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

Postby QUIST » 21 Nov 2019, 11:22am

About 3 weeks ago managed to crack 3 ribs, not too painful anyone any ideas how long they take to get better? Anyone any ideas about how I can speed recovery

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Re: Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

Postby pwa » 21 Nov 2019, 11:38am

About 6 weeks in my case.

The main thing to do is nothing. Rest. Keep any exercise to things that don't involve bending forward or stretching. So walking is probably about it for now.

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Re: Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

Postby gbnz » 22 Nov 2019, 9:44am

pwa wrote:About 6 weeks in my case.

The main thing to do is nothing. Rest. Keep any exercise to things that don't involve bending forward or stretching. So walking is probably about it for now.


+1. Broke a couple back on Friday 13th September :wink: While pain had gone away after 3-4 weeks, I made the mistake of doing situps too early (Perhaps at 4-5 weeks). Broken ribs didn't last a single sit up session prior to presumably coming adrift (NB. Judging by the pain).

I'd do nothing for six weeks and avoid heavy rib affecting workouts for a good 4 weeks afterwards

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Re: Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

Postby reohn2 » 22 Nov 2019, 9:50am

Four to six weeks is about right for full recovery.
I've broken ribs 3 times now on seperate occasions and can confirm the older was the longer it took to fully recover,the last time was about seven years ago and seemed to take ages for the pain to subside.
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Re: Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

Postby Cugel » 22 Nov 2019, 12:22pm

It seems to depend on the nature of the damage.

Some years ago I trod on some jelly-like lichen growing on a rock in the middle of a Lake District path along the side of Ullswater. It was a large rock and unavoidable. The day was hot, sunny and dry - but the evil jelly-lichen was a man trap, providing a slick surface to throw me breast over buttock, landing on one rear rib, on the very top of the rock I'd just slid on. I felt the event in slow motion - the compressed lungs whooshing out all the air; the bend then sudden give as the rib cracked; the sort of pain that obliterates all else from one's sensorium.

After a few minutes I could breathe again and even completed a 10 mile walk. I drove home quite comfortably. The next day I was in absolute agony and unable to move much. Cruel friends came to make me laugh so they could watch me then gasp, moan and eventually cry with the terrible albeit short-lived pain. The ladywife had to pull me up after I lay in bed, as I couldn't arise without being clutched cruelly by the pain gremlin sitting astride that rib.

No treatment was required other than the odd pain-killer. When I phoned the quack, he made me laugh and used the resulting gasps and moans as his diagnostic tool, the rascal. "Three weeks suffering", he said. He was exactly right.

But four weeks after this event, I was on holiday in Pembrokeshire riding vigorous surf at the east end of Broadhaven South beach and chasing grandchildren about, with no sign of any pain, damage or anything else.

On the other hand, I knew a lad who suffered aches and twinges for months after such an event. The pain is not the cracked rib itself, though, but the intercostal muscles atween the ribs going into spasm to attempt to protect or perhaps aright the rib. If the rib wasn't shifted in position and merely cracked, it'll recover reet quick. If the rib got moved at it's attachment point(s) it'll take longer and hurt more, as the wee muscles try to tug it back to place. Or so I read.

Cugel

PS Rest at first but later some exercise may help your body fix that rib back into place. Resting then will tend to leave it misplaced for longer, perhaps settling in to a wrong position.

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Re: Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

Postby geomannie » 24 Nov 2019, 11:14am

From personal experience, as others have said, about 6 weeks.
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Re: Cracked ribs -length of recovery time?

Postby Polisman » 25 Nov 2019, 8:10am

Six weeks is about right for ribs. The problem arises if you have done more and damaged the small muscles between the ribs (intercostal). I did this a number of years ago and the pain was horrible, and long lasting. It took about 8 months to be able to drive a car again and well over a year foot the pain to subside completely. The best advice is active recovery. I did a lot of walking up gentle hills which did me no end of good. Avoid lifting anything though.