Rib injuries are one of the most common injuries in BJJ and grappling.
Rib injuries usually heal themselves in a few weeks. Good painkillers are important so that you can breathe and cough comfortably while the injury heals. After a rib injury, if you feel unwell or more breathless than usual, obtain medical advice urgently.
We have to differentiate a strained intercostal muscle strain, bruised rib and fractured rib.
Signs one may have a fractured rib are:
- Pain on inhalation
- Swelling in chest area
- Bruise in chest area
- Increasing shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood (rib may have damaged lung).
Here is how to deal with them….