Broken ribs & Laceration

I have 2 broken ribs and a laceration on my lower back from a fall. How long does it take for broken ribs to heal. 1)I would like to know if you need to have follow-up xrays? 2) Before my injury, I worked out and swam a lot at the YMCA. When is it ok to swim? Is it OK to go into steam room or sauna? Is it ok to get into the whirlpool? 3)Is there anything, as fasr as gardening or bending that I shouldn’t do? 4) How long should I be on Oxecodone & hoe much should I be taking after 3 weeks? Thank you very much! Beth

1 Comment found

    Dr Anthony Gambale

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    Hello Beth
    Sorry to hear that you are still in pain. The broken ribs and laceration should of heal in a couple of months. Taking the medication will mask your pain and could hinder your recovery. You may feel better than you actually are and hurt yourself more when you are taking the pain medication.My concern would be that you hit your back hard enough to also cause your spinal alignment to be abnormal and set your self up for long term problems if left unchecked. Maybe you should have a Chiropractic check up and see if you have lost any of the normal spinal curves.


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