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 Parenting Rise in teen suicide attempts in Canada not copycat behaviour News No queues, no fuss, bringing healthcare to your door Medical SEE: 12 Things you didn't know about the brain Medical Healthy living reduces everyone's risk of colon cancer Medical Why type 2 diabetics should take a walk after dinner Lifestyle 5 summer essentials to add to your child’s school bag From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.