yes they can.
Broken ribs generally do not require fixation, but in old individuals when the breathing capacity is diminished a intercostal block can be given to get rid of the pain till the ribs heal by themselves . if there is non union now a days plating of the rib is done. It is a new concept and only few thoracic surgeons are doing it.
The ribs are broken and not in their normal place in the body.
Yes, and you cannot repair them after you break them! They have to be hit hard and it will hurt alot if you do break them. You will also have trouble breathing
No, they do not put a cast on broken ribs, they simply have to heal over time.
If you are asking how to tell if you have broken ribs, there is no way to know for sure without an x-ray, but if they hurt all the time, especially when you are breathing, then you probably do have one or more broken ribs.
Tightness around the ribcage can be caused by broken ribs, pulled or strained muscles, or fluid in or around the lung or heart.
why is there burning in my ribs
Ribs that have a crack in them, but are not broken all the way through.
ou might be dealing with a simple fractured rib if any of the following symptoms are present: Sharp pain at a particular point on the chest that's touched, sharp pain when coughing or breathing, bruising or deformity of the chest. Cut 4 or 5 strips of 1- or 2-inch adhesive tape. Make sure the strips are long enough to stretch from the injured person's sternum the midsection of the rib cage where the ribs meet to the spine. Place a strip of tape directly over the fractured rib, running from the sternum and wrapping around the back to the spine. Don't place the adhesive tape around the entire chest--this will restrict breathing. Place the 3 or 4 additional pieces of tape on either side of the broken rib, running parallel to one another. This tape should help decrease pain by restricting the movement of the fractured area.Improvise a splint if you don't have adhesive tape--whatever it takes to minimize movement without restricting breathing. Some options are to fill a stuff sack with some clothes and tie it to the chest using bandannas. Have the injured person hold one hand against the fractured site. Then put the arm on the injured side into a sling and secure the arm against the fractured site using a bandanna or triangular bandage tied around the chest. Give the injured person ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen sodium for pain. Encourage the injured person to cough frequently. It's going to hurt, but it will prevent secretions from pooling in the lung, which could cause pneumonia. Look for the signs of serious fractures that may involve injury to the lungs: Rapid and shallow breathing, elevated heart rate, increased difficulty breathing, coughing up blood. Place 1 hand on each side of the injured person's chest and observe the way in which the chest moves with each breath. If one side of the chest rises during inhalation while the other falls, at least 3 ribs have been broken on the falling side of the chest. This is called a "chest flail." Roll the person onto their injured side if there is severe difficulty in breathing or if the chest is rising and falling asymmetrically. Place a rolled piece of clothing underneath the fractured area to support it. This will help control the pain with breathing. Fill a plastic bag with sand or dirt and hold this against the side of the fractured rib if this side is rising and falling asymmetrically during inhalations. Tape a large pad of gauze across the weighted bag, bringing the tape from one side of the chest to the other. Do not tape across the back. Keep the person on his or her side and continually monitor for difficulties breathing. You may need to roll the person over and provide CPR if the person ceases to breathe. Go to the hospital immediately for even the simplest of rib fractures. The injured person must be flown or carried out if there are any signs of respiratory distress, but they'll be able to walk out with simple fractures. Continually monitor the injured person's breathing. You may need to make adjustments to the bandage or splint devise if it begins to restrict breathing
No because it wont do anything for your ribs.
Floating ribs are more cartilage than bone so they are more accessible to being broken.