Our expert says:
A broken rib would often cause a sensation of 2 coarse ends rubbing against each other when you breathe in or press on the area. A cracked rib would maybe visible on an x/ray but there are no other symptoms except pain. As you won't put your ribs in plaster of paris, treatment will usually be anti-inflammatory medication and avoidance of strenuous exercises. Please do not bind or tape your chest - it prevents proper breathing and can lead to lung infections.
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