Immediate pain relief for 1 to 3 broken ribs
- Reduces the pain associated with broken ribs
- Speeds up the healing process
- Specially designed medical device
- No struggle
- Significantly lowers the pain
Recommended to use in case of chest contusion, rib fracture(s) or floating chest (to prevent paradox breathing) and following thoracic surgery.
The world-wide patented Chrisofix® chest orthesis is based on the idea:
Substitution of a continuously „pressing hand”, which results in pain reduction and improved breathing. The orthosis reduces the movement of the ribs, and so the pain and the reflex-effect.
"I have read that it's a medical misconception that the rib cannot be splinted. Indeed not like the wrist but if you have a rib fracture you should put on the Chrisofix rib splint within a day or two. Heaven and earth how much less pain on breathing after I was lucky to find it. Without it, recovery would have been an agony."
Have you suffered a rib fracture or a contusion of the chest?
What should we know about rib fractures and contusions of the chest?
Contusions of the chest or rib fractures may occur following vehicle accidents, falls or sport activities. Chest contusions or rib fractures require an examination by a doctor and may also require hospitalization. Contusions of the chest or rib fractures are painful, and pain worsens during breathing motion.
Severity and complications range on a wide scale. If we take into consideration that we take over 20 000 breaths per day it becomes apparent that both chest contusions and rib fractures are highly uncomfortable and painful states. Decreasing the pain not only frees the injured person from uncomfortable symptoms, but also promotes good ventilation or „airing” of the lungs.
Who is most often affected by rib fractures or chest contusions?
Contusions of the chest or rib fractures may occur following vehicle accidents, falls or sport activities. As a consequence, there is no age group that may not be affected by these injuries.
Small children have a more „elastic” chest, therefore chest contusions are more common than rib fractures in this group compared to others.
What can we do? How do Chrisofix® rib splint help?
In case of chest contusions or rib fractures coughing, sneezing, strain or exertion (changing body position, using the toilet) may provoke significant pain, thereby making these everyday occurrences miserable. Not to mention rest pain and the pain provoked by breathing motion during every single breath. Counting an average of 20 000 breaths per day, the injured person’s pain may be provoked just as many times. According to type, severity and possible complications of the injury itself (bleeding, infection etc.) treatment may vary, however it may be stated that most patients do not require surgical treatment.
The cornerstones of non-operative treatment (i.e., conservative treatment, meaning without surgery) are pain relief and ensuring adequate „depth” of breaths to secure good ventilation or „airing” of the lungs.
Patients may try to relieve their pain by lying on their injured side or pressing their palms against the injured area, but these measures are neither comfortable not sustainable long-term. A much more effective solution is using splints and pain medication.
How long should we wear the Chrisofix®rib splint ?
The length of treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury, and how long the patient suffers from symptoms. The most severe pain is experienced by patients with rib fractures or chest contusions in the first few weeks, following which a decrease in symptoms may be expected. However, freedom from pain may only be achieved following months in some cases. The injured patients are in need of pain relief and support to achieve adequately deep breaths during this period.
Why Chrisofix®rib splints ?
Patients often try to manage their pain by applying pressure to the injured area using their hand, by lying on their injured side or by using belts. The worldwide patented innovation of Chrisofix®, the rib splint, mimics this „pressure applied by the hand”. While wearing the Chrisofix® rib splint the movements of the ribs are decreased thereby decreasing pain. Less pain helps the injured patient take adequately deep breaths to promote ventilation or „airing” of the lungs. This may promote shorter need for hospitalization, decrease the chance for certain complications, and may even decrease the need for pain medication.
Another advantage of the Chrisofix® rib splint is that it is radiolucent (meaning it is „see through” on an X-ray), so it does not „cover up” injures, and X-ray examinations may be performed while wearing it during check-ups. It is also waterproof, meaning that the person wearing it is able to take a shower, making every day hygiene more comfortable. Further advantage of this splint is that it may be worn for about a full week, during which it is not necessary to change it, so it continuously produces its effect in terms of pain relief during this time.
How long do broken ribs take to heal?How long does it take for broken ribs to heal?Do broken ribs heal?
Rib fractures take a little longer to heal than other bones because they are continuously moving. A rib fracture can take up to 12 weeks to heal. "The natural progression for healing is for small improvements in pain and breathing over time. For patients with rib fractures without fixation (surgical stabilization of rib fractures), roughly 60% are not back to full work capacity at six months, and 70% are still having some degree of pain one year from the injury," says Zachary Bauman, DO, Nebraska Medicine trauma medical director.
Ribs cannot be easily splinted or supported like other bones, so they're usually left to heal naturally.
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What to do for broken ribs?
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How to fix a broken rib?
What can you do for a broken rib?
What to do for bruised or broken ribs?
Use Chrisofix Rib Splint:) to speed up and also to make the healing process much less uncomfortable/painful/ ease the discomfort.
Take a break from sports to allow yourself to heal without hurting yourself again.
Put ice on the area to relieve pain.
Take pain medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If you need something stronger, your doctor may prescribe something for you.
Take deep breaths to avoid pneumonia. Lung infection is the most common thing you can get with rib fractures. Your doctor may give you a simple device to encourage you to breathe deeply.
Don’t wrap anything tightly around your ribs while they’re healing. You don’t want anything to limit your breathing.
There are some things you can do to help ease pain and speed up healing: According to the official NHS.
- take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – avoid taking ibuprofen for 48 hours after your injury as it may slow down healing
- hold an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas in a tea towel) to the affected ribs regularly in the first few days to bring down swelling
- rest and take time off work if you need to
- breathe normally and cough when you need to – this helps clear mucus from your lungs to prevent chest infections
- if you need to cough, hold a pillow against your chest
- walk around and sometimes move your shoulders to help you breathe and clear mucus from your lungs
- take 10 slow, deep breaths every hour to help clear your lungs
- try to sleep more upright for the first few nights
- do not wrap a bandage tightly around your chest to stop your lungs expanding properly
- do not lie down or stay still for a long time
- do not strain yourself or lift heavy objects
- do not play any sports or do any exercise that makes your pain worse
- do not smoke – stopping smoking may also help your recovery
How to sleep with broken ribs?
Sleeping While Sitting Upright.
Ideally, this is the best sleep position for patients with a broken rib. This position can help your ribs heal quickly than lying down on the bed. Sleeping while lying down may exert unwanted pressures on the spine, which might be transferred to the ribs.
When in this sleep position, ensure you have a pillow at your head and beneath your arms. Placing the pillows below your arms may go a long way in preventing any involuntary movements when asleep.
It is important to stay active. Do not rest in bed all day.
One of the best sleeping positions for broken ribs is on your back, with a pillow under each arm to restrict your movement so you don’t suddenly move to the side position. You can add a pillow under your knees to ease pressure off your back.
Try sleeping while sitting upright If you have fractured ribs on both sides, then the usual sleeping positions may not be feasible without straining your ribs and spine. In this case, it is advisable to sleep while sitting upright with pillows supporting your neck and arms so your chest stays straight.
Can I drive with broken ribs?
Depending on how many of your ribs have become injured, you should avoid driving. You can't turn your body to check blind spots or merge onto the highway. Ask your friends or family members to give you a lift.
You should avoid driving your car until you are completely healed. Because you use your arms to steer the vehicle, constantly moving them while driving can lead to significant pain, which could become worse if you must make any quick movements to avoid unexpected road conditions.
What does a broken rib feel like? How do you know if you have a broken rib? How to tell if you have a broken rib? How do you know if you have broken your ribs?
Sharp chest pain happens with a broken rib. But it’s different from a heart attack:
If you touch the spot where your rib is broken, it will hurt more.
Your chest will hurt more when you take a deep breath.
The pain will get worse if you twist your body.
Coughing or laughing will cause pain. There may also be bruising, depending on the cause.
Broken ribs are painful and can hurt with every breath. And if they’re broken badly they can seriously damage internal organs.
Why is my broken rib pain getting worse?
If a person with a recent bruised or broken rib experiences any of the following symptoms, they should seek medical attention right away:
- Severe pain that continues to get worse
- Increasing shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- High fever
- Coughing up blood or yellow-green mucus (phlegm)
What happens if you leave a broken rib untreated?
The most common complication of broken ribs is not being able to take a deep breath because it hurts. If you don't breathe deeply enough, mucous and moisture can build up in the lungs and lead to an infection such as pneumonia.
(Only) Serious rib fractures when untreated, will lead to serious short-term consequences such as severe pain when breathing, pneumonia and, rarely, death. Long-term consequences include chest wall deformity, chronic pain and decreased lung function.
How painful is a broken rib?
A rib fracture or broken rib can be very painful because your ribs may move when you breathe, cough, and shift your upper body. Strong pain in your chest area will happen when you breathe or when you do any simple movements. The area of the fracture will be very tender and you may feel the need to lean to the injured side or hold it with your arm and hand.
One of the most persistent symptoms of a broken rib is chest pain when taking a breath. Inhaling deeply hurts even more. Laughing, coughing, or sneezing can also send sharp pains shooting from the site of the break. You may also notice swelling and redness around the break. In some cases, you might also see bruising on the skin near the break.
If you've ever had a rib fracture—a crack or an actual break in a rib—you know that this type of injury can cause severe pain. A hallmark of a rib fracture is that a deep breath makes the pain worse. Pain from a fractured rib can even impede your breathing, leading to a chest infection.
Should I go to the hospital for broken ribs?
Anyone who suspects that they have a broken rib should speak to a doctor.If the person has trouble breathing or severe chest pain, they should call 999 or the local emergency number immediately. Immediate medical attention may also be necessary if the pain does not get better after treatment or if the person develops a fever or cough.
Don’t hesitate to see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:
- rib pain when breathing or coughing, especially if you notice bruising or swelling and tenderness around your ribs
- worsening pain in the days or weeks after an injury
- shortness of breath
Even though there isn’t much you can do to help with the healing of your injury, you should still have a thorough evaluation of your ribs and lungs. Ignoring your pain could raise your risk of damaging your lungs or developing pneumonia or other serious respiratory problems.
What does a broken rib look like from the outside?
A bruised or broken rib may be accompanied by a bruise on your skin.
Whether a bruise is visible or not, your symptoms may require an X-ray. Your rib may have a slight fracture that isn’t detected with an X-ray. In these situations, a CT scan may help the doctor differentiate a break from a bruise.