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Bruised or cracked ribs



I was just wondering how long does the pain last for a bruised or cracked rib last. I fell off my Bicycle and have been trouble sleeping with the pain on my side. Is there anything non prescription to take for the pain.


Many injuries to the rib or thorax area can be very painful and long-lasting. It is important to have the injury evaluated by a health care professional to rule out fractures or more serious abdominal injuries. Your family physician can determine the extent of your injury and prescribe an appropriate medication. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be helpful in reducing pain in these situations once the extent of your injury has been determined.

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Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC
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The School of Allied Medical Proffesions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University