Q: What do they do for a broken sternum?
Was in a head-on collision. I have a displaced/depressed/transverse fracture of the upper sternum. Ringing of the ears.
The most serious problems
related to a sternum fracture are typically the associated internal injuries
that may result from a force strong enough to fracture the sternum, including
injury to the heart, lungs, and major blood vessels in the chest. Even if you
didn't suffer additional injuries, generalized muscle pain and spasm from the
degree of trauma you've experienced will take time to resolve.
Fractures of the sternum are
often treated with only pain medication, as they typically heal on their own
without complications, and because splinting the chest could restrict
breathing. A recent study suggested suggests surgical fixation may speed up the
healing process, but this practice isn't the current standard of care.
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