This rib support brace provides support and protection that is needed for treatment for a bruised rib, rib muscle strain or even a cracked rib. The popular female rib belt is contoured to fit the curves of a woman’s body. Plus it will not conflict with one’s breasts, as might be the case with male or unisex rib belts. BraceAbility offers a number of braces for women.
This rib belt for bruised ribs and more is constructed of breathable, elastic material that is soft against the skin and stretchy. The elastic rib belt is 6 inches wide and it can be easily secured or adjusted at the front of one’s body via a hook-and-loop (Velcro) closure. This material is also free of latex.
The support for bruised or cracked rib treatment fits smoothly against one’s body and comes in a white color. This helps the rib belt for females to fit easily and discreetly beneath one’s clothes.
Rib injuries are typically caused by a blow to the chest, via a car accident or a hard football tackle, for example. However, the force of one’s own muscles can also bruise or crack one’s ribs (e.g., during a heavy cough), especially if one’s bones are weak due to osteoporosis or some other condition that reduces bone-density.
Typical cracked or bruised rib symptoms include pain when one breathes in, swelling or tenderness at the injury site and bruising.
The protocol of treatment for a bruised rib or a cracked rib is generally quite similar. Unlike other bone fractures, one cannot splint the ribs. Therefore, they must be left to heal naturally. Therefore, treatment focuses on pain management.
This will involve taking painkillers on a regular basis, applying ice to reduce both pain and swelling and avoiding activities that irritate one’s ribs. One may need to support the chest with a pillow if one needs to cough. Wearing a rib support wrap can also help with the pain.
Another important aspect of successfully treating a rib injury is to be sure to breathe deeply so that the lungs fully expand. Failure to do so increases one’s risk of infection or pneumonia. This is important to keep in mind when it comes to how to wrap bruised or cracked ribs. Be sure that your rib injury brace does not restrict one’s breathing or limit lung expansion.
When more than three ribs are cracked in at least two places or the break compromises some of the vital organs the ribcage encases, this is classified as a severe rib injury that will need to be treated in a hospital, likely involving surgery. During the subsequent recovery process, this rib support belt may again prove helpful.
This wrap for sore, bruised or fractured ribs is a simple way to manage pain associated with such injuries. Following are some details about this flexible rib belt:
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