GIVE IT PLENTY OF TIME
I broke at least 3 ribs and bruised\cracked a few more (doc's at the trauma center stopped counting) march 15th. I have very high pain tollerance and the ability to hold still for about as long as squirrel. The pain was intense for 3 weeks (couldnt lie down at all, moved carefully, sneeze, deep breath, laughing was awful), and was bad for another 3 or 4 weeks after that (movement was pretty good but sneezing or lieing down still hurt to an almost intorable level). 10 weeks later I felt pretty good and started skiing very slowly and easily, first on combo's, then progressed to easy slow turns on the slalom. Week 12 I took a fairly soft fall on the slalom ski and messed somehting up again. I never went to the doctors but i'm sure I re-broke at least one rib. The pain and wait happened all over again, it was 3 or 4 weeks before that stopped hurting like heck...etc. It really, really sucked.
I've broken arms, legs, collar bones, and worst pain I felt with those injuries was nothing compared to the ribs. They were brutal. Moral of the story is to give it plenty of time. Reduce upper body movement as much as you can, BUT do some deep breathing exercises to keep the chest cavity moving. And after 6 or 8 weeks, once everything feels good, give it more time. Re-breaking things is no fun and its amazing how fragile it can be even after the pain goes away.
Edited by chadwick02, September 10, 2010 - 06:01 PM.