It can take three to six weeks for a rib fracture to heal. The goals of treatment are to manage pain and support the bone as it heals. Options may be:
- Medicine to ease swelling and pain
- A chest binder to keep the bone in place it heals
- Exercises to help with muscle strength and range of motion will be needed.
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