How Common are Broken Ribs?

A broken rib is a common injury that results from one of the bones in a person’s rib cage breaking or cracking. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common cause of broken ribs is intense trauma to the chest area- a fall, a motor vehicle accident, or impact during contact sports. In most cases, broken ribs will heal on their own in one or two months.

Symptoms and Treatment of Broken Ribs

Breathing deeply is often cited as the most painful part of having a broken rib. In fact, many doctors will cite pain when breathing as a symptom of a broken rib.

Other common broken rib symptoms include:

  • Rib tenderness
  • Pain that gets worse when your bend or twist your body
  • Sharp pain while breathing
  • The feeling of bone scraping against bone under the skin

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to see a doctor right away. Broken ribs can lead to several medical complications, with the risk of complications increasing as more than one rib is broken. Complications most likely affect the vital organs that are protected by the rib cage. The sharp, broken part of the injured rib can tear or puncture organs like the lung, spleen, liver and kidney. If you are suffering from a broken rib that resulted from a car, truck or motorcycle accident, you might not be responsible for paying for your medical expenses. Contacting Kalka & Baer LLC can help you understand the aftermath of your accident. We offer free, no obligation consultations when you contact our office.