strong pain in your chest area, particularly when you breathe in.
swelling or tenderness around the affected ribs.
sometimes bruising on the skin.
feeling or hearing a crack if it’s a broken rib.
How do you know if your ribs are broken or cracked?
How Can I Tell If I Have a Broken Rib?
- If you touch the spot where your rib is broken, it will hurt more.
- Your chest will hurt more when you take a deep breath.
- The pain will get worse if you twist your body.
- Coughing or laughing will cause pain. There may also be bruising, depending on the cause.
How long does it take for a broken rib to stop hurting?
It takes about six weeks for broken ribs to heal on their own. During this time, you should avoid activities that could further injure your ribs. That means sports and heavy lifting are off the table. If anything causes you to feel pain around your ribs, stop immediately and hold off until you’re healed.
What happens if you leave a broken rib untreated?
When untreated, rib fractures will lead to serious short-term consequences such as severe pain when breathing, pneumonia and, rarely, death. Long-term consequences include chest wall deformity, chronic pain and decreased lung function.
What does a broken rib feel like in the back?
After an injury to the chest—or particularly forceful coughing—consider the possibility of a broken rib if the patient has any of the following: Extreme pain when taking a breath. Tenderness to the chest or back over an area of ribs. Crepitus—a “crunchy” feeling under the skin.