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Rib Contusion

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

A rib contusion is a bruise on one or more of your ribs.

Rib Cage


Return to the emergency department if:

Contact your healthcare provider if:


You may need any of the following:

Deep breathing:


Rest your ribs to decrease swelling and allow the injury to heal faster. Avoid activities that may cause more pain or damage to your ribs. As your pain decreases, begin movements slowly.


Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel and place it on your bruised area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour as directed.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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