Rib Fracture

The ribs are like a cage that goes around your upper chest. The ribs protect your lungs. Your ribs move when you breathe, so it hurts if a rib is broken.

HOME CARE

  • Avoid activities that cause pain to the injured area. Protect your injured area.

  • Eat a normal, healthy diet.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Take deep breaths many times a day. Cough many times a day while hugging a pillow.

  • Do not wear a rib belt or binder on the chest unless told by your doctor. Rib belts or binders do not allow you to breathe deeply.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You cannot stop coughing or cough up thick or bloody spit (mucus).

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), throw up (vomit), or have belly (abdominal) pain.

  • Your pain gets worse and medicine does not help.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.