The main symptoms of a broken rib include:
pain in the chest wall that gets worse when breathing, moving, or coughing
bruising or swelling around the ribs
shortness of breath
difficulty taking a deep breath
The next step is usually a chest X-ray with rib detail. A simple hairline fracture will show as a crack or jagged edge on the bone. The doctor will easily be able to see any segments of floating bone on an X-ray.
Book your next X-ray appointment with SK Radiology.