What helps fractured ribs heal faster?
- 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.
How long after broken ribs can I exercise?
It takes about six weeks for broken ribs to heal on their own. During this time, you should avoid activities that could further injure your ribs. That means sports and heavy lifting are off the table. If anything causes you to feel pain around your ribs, stop immediately and hold off until you’re healed.
Is there physical therapy for broken ribs?
Although painful, most simple rib fractures do not require surgery but instead time, rest and physical therapy can help with healing and maintaining range of motion.