What is the best way to help ease the pain of bruised ribs or chest?
Instructions Difficulty: Moderate Things You’ll Need: * Ice * Ibuprofen Step1 Apply ice over the injured area to help soothe pain and decrease swelling. It may be necessary to continue this treatment for 48 hours or more until the tenderness begins to heal. At the same time, be careful about your movements, particularly any stretching of the muscles in the ribcage area. Avoid over-exerting the injured ribs. Do only as much as feels comfortable. Step2 Take an over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to help relieve pain. In some cases, and depending on the severity of your pain and your ability to move, your doctor may prescribe a stronger narcotic medication for a few days. Minimize movements and rest as often as possible until the pain is gone. Step3 One of the best ways to prevent pneumonia, frequently a major complication following an injury to the ribs, is to perform deep breathing exercises. Take in a slow deep breath through your nose and hold fo