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What should I do for a fractured rib?

Treatment options for a rib fracture include doing nothing, external splinting, or surgery.

To treat a rib fracture, you need to support and rest the area. A rib brace can offer some comfort and support to decrease your pain symptoms. Treatment and amount of rest is usually based on pain symptoms you are feeling. It is important to consult your doctor if your symptoms are worsening or if a cough or fluid in your lungs starts to develop.

This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.

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