If you have bruised or broken your ribs, the injury will heal itself in a manner of weeks. You can treat bruised and broken ribs yourself. Although, if the pain is too much to handle, you will need to seek professional help. If you are certain your ribs are bruised or merely cracked, follow these recommendations.
Put ice on the injured area to reduce the pain and swelling for at least the first 72 hours. Do not use a heating pad, only ice. You can use a frozen bag of vegetables if no ice is available.
Take an over the counter pain medication. If the pain is still too much to bear, see your doctor. The doctor will be able to prescribe you stronger medication.
Limit all physical activity if possible. It is best to take off work for at least a few days. The more you rest, the quicker you will be able to heal. Try to lie on the injured side, it will help you to breathe easier. Try to remain still in a position that is comfortable for you.
4. OTHER TIPS
• Try to take at least one deep, slow breath an hour.
• Do breathing exercises. This will help with not developing any complications such as pneumonia.
• If you are a smoker, do not smoke.
• Do not bandage your ribs. It will restrict your ability to breathe.