Pain - rib cage
Rest and immobilization are the best cure for a rib cage fracture.
Follow your health care provider's instructions for treating the cause of rib cage pain.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if the pain is persistent, prolonged, or unexplained.
The health care provider perform a physical examination and ask questions about your symptoms and medical history, including:
Tests that may be performed include:
Lee-Chiong T, Gebhart GF, Matthay RA. Chest pain. In: Mason RJ, Broaddus VC, Martin TR, et al. Murray & Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 30.
Reynolds JH. Thoracic trauma and related topics. In: Adam A, Dixon AK, eds. Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 20.
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