SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Symptoms of a broken rib may include:
- Pain when you take a deep breath
- Pain that gets worse when you press on the injured area, or when you bend or twist your body
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you have a very tender spot in your rib area that occurs after trauma, is present with deep breaths or hinders your breathing.
If you experience pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, pain that extends beyond your chest to your shoulder or arm, and increasing episodes of chest pain, get medical attention immediately. These symptoms may indicate a heart attack.
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