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 » How tattoos change over 50 years All the tests you'll ever need 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 Men with poor male gender image may be more violent More: ManNews advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News Is your heart ageing faster than you? Medical Rugby player pops dislocated shoulder back and continues match Medical Foods that cut your risk of type 2 diabetes Medical How to safely fix your eye problems yourself Medical What are those things floating in your eye? Medical Get a grip on your gas From our sponsors Hydration is vital all year round Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready The health benefits of donating blood Live healthier Your health » How well do you know the body? Your healthy liver lifestyle Are you healthy? Tell us about your health and you could win R5000. Up for grabs » Tell us about your health Stay warm when the lights go out Win R1000 in cash! Win an energy-saving Spindel Enter our competition and stand a chance of winning an energy saving Spindel valued at R2200!