5 Steps to a Speedier Recovery after a Rib Injury

Usually, rib injuries recover by themselves in around 3 to 6 weeks according to the NHS. Although, if cartilage has been torn, the recovery time for an injured rib, specifically one that’s bruised, can take 12 weeks or more.

Strong painkillers normally suffice for the pain that stems from being unable to cough and breathe comfortably while the injury heals. In addition to painkillers there are some other non-holistic ways that can help manage the pain while the bruising or fractures heal;

1. Rest up & let your body heal

It is imperative to get as much rest as you can and take time off work if you need to. Perhaps your injury was caused by the negligence of an unsafe work environment and has left you unable to work, making that much-needed rest even more important.

2. Putting ice on the injured area

Holding an ice pack, a cold tea towel or a bag of frozen peas to the affected area within the first few days of suffering a rib injury is said to reduce swelling and ease the pain.

3. Taking medication

Doctors usually prescribe strong painkillers such as codeine or anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen to control and relieve the pain of significant rib injuries.

4. Positioning

Whilst suffering a rib injury, you should adapt your sleeping position in order to avoid sleeping on your bad side. Try to avoid quick movements with your torso and remain aware of the injury when bending down or reaching up.

5. Improve your diet

Eating foods rich in vitamins and mineral sources such as yoghurt, tofu, cheese, broccoli, beans, seeds, nuts, salmon, and sardines will help repair damaged bones and tissues.

How Cute Injury can help

If you are enduring the pain of broken or bruised ribs after suffering an injury at work that happened through no fault of your own, get in touch with Cute Injury today to learn more about how our expert advisors can help you make a claim for compensation.

After careful and intensive treatment both at home and from a doctor, your ribs should be as good as new in no time.

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