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Old 06-13-2012   #1
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torn rib cartilage?

Anyone ever tear rib cartilage? I tore mine boating last week. Not sure when exactly it happened, but might be a good reminder to stretch before getting in your boat. Anyone been through this before have an estimated heal time?

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Been there, done that. Not much fun, as you probably already know. My recovery involved about two months off the water. I used a rib wrap bandage when I started back in my boat for the first few weeks. Seemed to help but it was aweful itchy.

The good news is that there isn't any water this year anyway.

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Average heeling time for that injury is 4-6weeks. There isn't much you can do for that except a wrap for pressure. Depending on where the rip is the pressure may or may not help. I have cracked ribs torn cartilage and broke floating ribs. Sometimes pressure helps sometimes not, but usually started feeling better after 4+ weeks.
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Wrapping your ribs can also lead to pneumonia...
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I fractured a rib and tore a rib cartilage at the same time in 2008. I'm afraid you're in for a world of hurt, my friend :0 The fracture was the lesser of the two, with pain pretty much gone after 4 weeks. The cartilage was a good two months. I'll warn you now - do not, DO NOT, sneeze. It will bring you to your knees, whimpering like a lost puppy. Good luck and hope you heal soon!
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Ouch

Ouch, been there and did that. Everything above and mine rib still sticks out a little farther than the other side. Only bugs me when I lay down to ocean surf.

Sucks, but it doesn't heal fast and can leave scar tissue. Don't do what I did and jump on a mechanical bull 5.5 weeks into your healing time. Still a bit outside. and time to start over.
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Ouch, been there and did that. Everything above and mine rib still sticks out a little farther than the other side. Only bugs me when I lay down to ocean surf.
Crazy that you should mention that because I had a flare up with my pain after a week of surfing in Costa Rica. Must be something about the position on the board that puts lots of pressure on the rib cage.

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In addition to no paddling, don't go to comedy clubs or watch funny movies, don't think about being a designated hitter, and forget about golf. This should last about 4-8 weeks depending on when you start feeling better and go out and do any of the above too soon and re injurer yourself.
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awesome
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I tore mine landing face 1st on my own elbow while learning to snowboard back about 1991. Took about 4 weeks to heal (I was young then). Twice since I have re-injured the same spot. The last time was just a couple months ago. All I did was lift my 3yo out of a pool and onto a deck, leaned my chest against the side of the pool just right while doing it and "pop". It took 1 week before I could get a full night's sleep and another two before I was healed enough to resume normal activity.
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