A rib fracture (broken rib) is common in contact sports and usually occurs when a person have a hard impact to the chest such as an elbow or foot. If it is very severe then a patient should seek medical attention to ensure no damage has been done inside the rib cage. If it is not a severe fracture then a person can be back in action from between 3 to 6 weeks and rest depends on the severity of injury.
A rib fracture is a crack or break in one of the bones of the rib cage. A break in the thick tissue (cartilage) that connects the ribs to the breastbone may also be called a fractured rib, even if the bone itself is not broken.
The most common cause of a fractured rib is a direct blow to the chest, often from a car accident or a fall. Coughing hard can also fracture a rib. This is more likely to happen if you have a disease that has made your bones weak, such as osteoporosis or cancer.
Your ribs have two main jobs:
Most fractured ribs are treated at home and will heal on their own over time. Home treatment will help you manage the pain while you heal. Pain relief can help you feel better and let you take deeper breaths.
A fractured rib usually takes at least 6 weeks to heal. To help manage the pain while the fracture heals: