Facts

Fractured Rib

It’s spring time, and that means more outdoor activities, more athletic activities, and more movement in general. Something about the change of seasons brings people together, and brings them outside.

While outside, participating in an activity, the potential of being injured rises. Whether a simple game of softball, flag football, soccer, or baseball seem innocent, they can still cause injury. Some injuries can be minor and small, while others unfortunately take some time to recover from. One of those injuries that occurs often with athletic activities is a fractured rib, while seeming minor, is actually an injury to pay attention to.

Causes

The most common cause of a fractured rib is a direct and forceful blow to the chest. This is can occur during an athletic activity, a car accident, or even from falling down. A fractured or broken rib can even occur due to coughing too hard! No matter how it happens, you will definitely feel it once you have a fractured rib.

Symptoms

The most common symptom of a fractured rib is pain ranging from mild to severe in the affected area, but others include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tenderness when touching the injured area
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

Treatment

Unfortunately, fractured ribs take some time to heal. Since there is no quick fix for a fractured rib, it is often treated at home. It will heal on its own, and it just takes time, which is approximately six weeks. It used to be common practice to tightly wrap the ribs but this can actually add to the injury, and is not recommended. The best advice for a patient with a fractured rib is to rest and manage the pain. The best way to do that is:

  • Place ice on the injury
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen. If it is a more severe injury, the physician might prescribe stronger pain medication.
  • Take at least one very deep breath once an hour

Although treatment is completed at home, it is important to receive a diagnosis from an orthopedic physician to ensure the degree of the fracture is being treated properly. The ribs were created to protect internal organs, and if a piece of fractured rib travels to an organ, it can be very dangerous. Make sure that if you have a fractured rib, it is treated correctly and by experts.

Contact IMS Orthopedics today for all your rib, hip, leg, or arm needs!

 

 

Knee Replacement: What to Expect

So you’re in extreme pain and have been told you need a total knee replacement. You’re not alone. Knee replacement surgeries in the United States have almost doubled in the past decade. It isn’t a secret that good knees are an essential part of a healthy and active lifestyle. If an injury, arthritis or osteoarthritis occurs, your ability to bend and flex your knees can become restricted due to damage, pain and inflammation. As time goes on, the damage can progress, making your life all the more difficult—and painful.

How Can Knee Replacement Help?

Knee replacement is a common solution that can provide pain relief and treat your injury or condition. It’s a viable option if you’re dealing with chronic knee pain or are unable to participate in daily activities, and have exhausted most or all other conservative treatment options.

What is Total Knee Replacement?

A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the diseased or injured knee joint is replaced with artificial material. Your knee is a hinge joint which provides motion at the point where the thigh meets the lower leg. A knee replacement will stabilize each side of the knee joint so your lower leg cannot slide backward in relation to the thighbone.

Total Knee Replacement: What to Expect

  • The procedure typically takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete
  • After knee replacement surgery, you should expect to spend three to five days in the hospital
  • You will start weight-bearing therapy immediately following the surgery
  • You will undergo a combination of physical and occupational therapy starting in the hospital
  • After you leave the hospital, your doctor most likely will prescribe physical therapy for continued rehabilitation. Those knee exercises you learn from the hospital and a physical therapist should be performed several times a day
  • Most patients finish rehabilitation after a knee replacement within eight weeks. Then you should be able to move around with assistance and go back to your daily activities

About 90% of the replacement joints will last 10 years. With a knee replacement, there is a high probability that you will once again be able to get back to daily activities, exercise and living life to the fullest!