Thread: Broken Ribs
5/13/2007 7:47pm, #11
- Join Date
- May 2007
- Lafayette, IN
I haven't broken ribs before, but I have had a cracked sternum. Any kind of strenuous activity has a chance of slowing down your healing. Martial arts training, even "not as hard" is a risk of having them move out of place. Not worth the risk.
5/13/2007 8:32pm, #12
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- Sep 2006
- Ontario, Canada
- Judo. Some BJJ/Kickboxing
Speaking as someone who has just recently recovered from a very similar thing; if you are going to keep going to class take is VERy easy; do not put pressure on any of your ribs, and especially do not grapple. Very importantly, as was stated above, even after the time when your ribs are "healed", they are very fragile. They can and will re-break with only minor prompting (this is what happened to me) so even after they are okay, tkae at least an extra month to rest them up. Once they scab over you can probably do cardio/pushups and even ab work without problems (I could) and I'm sure once the pain dies down you'll be fine in class if you cut out all body contact for a while (do NOT let them re-break, it is extremely frustrating.)"[Fighting for Points] is doubtless very pretty, and invariably draws applause, but preferences should always be given to blows that do some business, to good straight hits that do something toward finishing the fight.
A man who has carefully trained for brilliant tapping play, will find himself considerably out of it in case he is called upon to do any real work."
-A.J. Newton, Boxing.
5/14/2007 11:21am, #13
Yeah - you all are right... I'm gonna skip training. I'll try lightly working techniques after 2 weeks of rest until it heals.
I just hate missing class.You can't make people smarter. You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there.
5/20/2007 1:42pm, #14
Broken Rib Log: Two weeks post injury as of tomorrow.
I feel better, unless I sneeze. Ribs must be scabbing over. I'm in that "but I feel OK" danger zone where you can re-injure yourself being a dumbass. I'm trying to be less of one, but habit...
So I know need to start moving that side through a full ROM, but easy. I'll see how a very light class goes tomorrow.
Last edited by PirateJon; 5/20/2007 1:44pm at .You can't make people smarter. You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there.
5/20/2007 4:11pm, #15
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- Feb 2007
Pain is specific and sharp. Check.
Pain not getting better. Well, not really but it have been only two days.
Pain while breathing deep. If I breath right into my belly there's no pain, if I extend the rib cage I feel it.
While lying down push on your sternum: typically you'll feel pain and pressure where there's a break. Check.
Laughing hurts and also moving my right shoulder backwards. When I take a deep breath in and extend my rib cage after a while, it feels as if something would click and move back into place (but maybe I'm just imaging this).
And this only because of a useless training I won't do again anyway. :new_let_i
5/20/2007 4:42pm, #16
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- May 2007
- artful dodging...
And it seems to have come just at the right time for myself too.
I am taking part in a white-collar boxing match next month.
Three weeks ago, I and my future oponent were instructed (by Chris Eubank no less!)
to go a one round, full-out 'milling' exercise - but only to the body.
And basically, to cut a long story short, the other guy got me bad. I mean REAL bad. I can honestly say that I have never felt as much pain before from boxing. In fact, I only stopped thinking I may have fractured (even if just a hairline) a couple of my ribs last week. Instead, it is almost certainly 'just' the case that I sustained extreme brusing to the bone and inteconnecting muscles.
I have suffered from almost all of the symptoms the thread-starter mentioned. But in that sense, I guess I can only imagine what it would feel like if they were broken/fractured...
Anyway, I didn't post this just so you could all feel sorry for me. The reason is to offer one more piece of advise to a good, useful thread. I am seeing a specialist tomorrow as it turns out who is going to do laser treatment to speed-up the healing process. Maybe you guys have heard of this method?
He's actually going to do it on my fractured left hand - which I injured approximately five minutes before the body punching drill! But the point is, it's the kind of thing which can be done almost anywhere on the body in the case of breaks/fractures/bad bruising.
The guy is a bonafide sports doctor, the laser treatment comes highly recommended. Will let you know how it turns out...
p.s. good luck with your ribs, all of you...
5/25/2007 11:22am, #17
I don't know if my ribs are cracked or not. I found out this morning that my insurance plan is not what I thought I was paying for, so x-rays are out of the question until I change companies.
A month ago, one of the purple belts with a 110 pound advantage on me got me in side control, and I felt something pop (he felt it too). It's about 1" under my left armpit. I can feel what seems like a small ridge that wasn't there before, and is definately not on the other side. It was really tender, hurt to breathe, and gave me a sharp pain just sitting up. I gave it 2 weeks, and went back to rolling. It bothered me the first class, every time somebody pressured that side, it zapped me with pain. It's now about a month down the road. It didn't hurt so bad, just a little sore after class. Last night, rolling with another white belt, I took a knee to that exact spot. Wasn't intentional, or even a hard knee... but it shut me down and left me on my back defenseless. Now it hurts way worse than it did the first time.
I know I'm going to have to take a break and heal, chew painkillers, and watch some TV. How long should I give it? a month? 6 weeks? I love to train, but if I jump back in after a week or 2, I'm probably just going to re-injure this same spot. :(