Home > Lifestyle > Man > News Updated 08 July 2013 Kurt Darren: 12 facts on broken ribs Kurt Darren has broken 8 ribs. Here's more about this fracture. 0 www.kurtdarren.co.za Follow us Facebook » Ask CyberShrink » Receive Health tips » Test Your sex toy IQ » All the tests you'll ever need 8 strange things your body does Kurt Darren, well known Afrikaans singer, is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Netcare Milpark Hospital after being involved in a car crash on Sunday morning. It was initially thought that he had broken his neck, but it turned out that he only fractured eight ribs. This is a common injury sustained in motor vehicle accidents.What is a rib fracture and how should it be treated? Here are some quick facts:A rib fracture is a crack or break in one or more of your rib bones.Your ribs are the round long bones in your chest that wrap around your upper body. They connect your breastbone to your spine.A rib fracture can be very painful because your ribs move when you breathe, cough and move your upper body.The ribs in the middle of your chest are the ones that break most often.Healing of fractured ribs can take at least six weeks.Unless other organs have been injured, you can heal at home. Most people with broken ribs do not need surgery.If you have broken a rib, doctors will not put bandages or belts around your chest, as this could keep your ribs from moving when you cough or breathe, and may lead to the development of pneumonia.Patients with broken ribs may need prescription painkillers while the bones are healing, as this is a painful condition.Deep-breathing and coughing exercises can help to prevent a collapsed lung or a lung infection.Bed rest is not recommended, but neither is physically strenuous activity.While you heal, avoid movements that put painful pressure on your ribs.Watch out for the side effects of taking pain medication for a prolonged period of time. -(Sources: Channel24.com, National Institutes of Health) Compiled by Susan Erasmus More in Lifestyle Stop hating: Brussels bombing survivor shares his story More: ManNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Fitness Obsession with body-building supplements can be a sign of bigorexia Medical This woman gets paid to pick out head lice Medical A story of hope: HIV+ graduates inspire others Medical Total resistance to all antibiotics could become a reality News Blind students back in school after toilet delivery Diet and nutrition The 4 key types of phytonutrients From our sponsors Cipla Nutrition- Dummies Guide to Enduro Prep 4 clever ways to stay active this winter Key signs you need a change in diet Clear your head with fast-acting, long-lasting Sinutab® Nasal Spray Live healthier PMS, depression & suicide » Don't let PMS get you down Symptoms of PMS Diagnosing PMS The link between PMS, depression and suicidal thoughts The symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are similar to those of PMS, but generally more severe – and could include depression and even thoughts of suicide. A vegan marathon runner » Comrades: don't run if you're ill Fuel your body for the Comrades Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Donovan Will, who is training to run the Comrades Marathon, speaks to Health24 about his plant based diet and fears of getting injured ahead of the big race.