Rib Fracture and Contusions

Rib injuries are a common cause of chest wall pain in the athlete. It is vital to differentiate pain from an injured rib from other causes of discomfort such as referred pain from the spine, a systemic process like arthritis, or more life-threatening symptoms like a pneumothorax.

Typically, rib injuries occur in the athlete due to overuse or trauma. These injuries may be classified as either contusions or fractures. Contusions are bruises to the soft tissues and associated bony structures. Stress fractures tend to occur ...

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