broken rib

Treat a Broken Rib Naturally

A broken rib, though very painful, is not easily treated. The varying degrees of breakage can make bandaging and repair difficult and in most cases patients simply have to live with the pain and try to adjust their lives around it. Use these simple home remedies to help speed recovery and decrease the amount of pain and discomfort you are feeling. And remember, never compression bind a broken rib – it can cause lung collapse and serious illness like pneumonia!

Symptoms of a Broken Rib.

  • Mild  to severe pain in the area of the break
  • Pain during breathing
  • Pain when pushing on the breast bone
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiousness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness


How do I prevent a Broken Rib?

  • Do what you can to prevent injuries from activities such as sports.
  • Wear protective gear when playing dangerous sports.
  • Try to avoid household falls.
  • Make sure you’re eating foods that strengthen your bones and encourage natural healing.


How can I treat a Broken Rib?

  • If there is not too much pain you should rest on the injured side so you can take deeper breaths.
  • Ice the injured area frequently.
  • Get extra rest.
  • Take deep breaths every hour to help avoid lung collapse or pneumonia.
  • Do not compression wrap. This may cause lung collapse.
  • Eat yogurt! Yogurt is full of calcium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium and will help to heal the bones.
  • Arnica can be used to help promote healing of tissue, cartilage and bone.
  • Comfrey is excellent for healing broken bones.
  • A hot burdock leaf compress over the area may help to reduce swelling.
  • Horsetailgrass can be used in a tea to help boost healing in the early stages.
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