Kart Racer’s Nightmare – Rib injury

Kart Racer’s nightmare – Rib injury

After been racing karts for 2 years, even though I survived till now. I have picked up the kart racer’s nightmare injury – rib fracture.

For all the beginners in go-kart racers, please do consider a rib protector as an compulsory equipment for your own good. The treatment for rib injury is much more costly than the rib protector itself, and also considering the time you’ll be out of action. Make it a first priority to get one, prevention is always best. A list of the recommended rib protector: –

Tillett – https://www.tillett.co.uk/

K1 Racegear – http://www.k1racegear.com/

Sparco – http://www.sparco.it/

OMP – http://www.ompracing.it/

If you do get yourself into a situation giving you a rib fracture, the treatment from “western medical” is normally pain killers and ice. If you trust Chinese medicine I would recommend you to try this doctor: –

The treatment given was a thorough rubbing of the Chinese bruising lotion (鉄打酒), fire cupping () and a Chinese medicine bandage.

If you happen to read this article and feel the need to have treatment, the netting they give you normally will be a bloody “itching” experience, and it can distract you from sleeping. If it does ask for a relaxation medicine 舒筋藥, it’ll help you relax and ease you to sleep.

Before the treatment, I had serve pain when I took deep breath, or when there is the slightest pressure in my chest area.

After 6 days treatment, I’m sooo relieved that I feel I’m back to normal again, but as I discuss with other racers, and experience tells that once you’ve weaken the rib tissue, it does become permanently weakened, I’ll be sure to wear rib protector, make double sure the kart seat fits me perfectly and be much more careful about my ribs.

I’ve attached a good article below for reference. Courtesy of Yahoo Health:
What is a fractured rib?

A rib fracture is a crack or break in one of the bones of the rib cage. A break in the thick tissue (cartilage) that connects the ribs to the breastbone may also be called a fractured rib, even if the bone itself is not broken.

The most common cause of a fractured rib is a direct blow to the chest, often from a car accident or a fall. Coughing hard can also fracture a rib. This is more likely to happen if you have a disease that has made your bones weak, such as osteoporosis or cancer.

It is important to see a doctor after a rib injury. A blow that is hard enough to fracture a rib could also injure your lungs, spleen, blood vessels, or other parts of your body.

What happens when you break a rib?

Your ribs have two main jobs:

* They protect the organs in your chest.
* They help you breathe by keeping space open inside your chest while the muscles you use to breathe squeeze in, or contract. This leaves plenty of space for your lungs to fill up with air.

The muscles used for breathing pull on the ribs, so breathing may be very painful when you have a fractured rib.

Flail chest is a serious problem that happens when three or more ribs are broken in more than one place. If you have flail chest, the broken area can’t hold its shape when you take a breath. This leaves less space in your chest for your lungs to open and air to flow in. It also makes it harder for the muscles to work well, so it’s harder to take a breath.

What are the symptoms?

A fractured rib may cause:

* Mild to severe pain in the injured area.
* Pain when you breathe.
* Pain around the fracture when someone pushes on your breastbone.

If you can’t breathe normally because of pain or flail chest, you may:

* Feel short of breath.
* Feel anxious, restless, or scared.
* Have a headache.
* Feel dizzy, tired, or sleepy.

How is a fractured rib diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask questions about your injury and do a physical exam. The doctor may:

* Push on your chest to find out where you are hurt.
* Watch you breathe and listen to your lungs to make sure air is moving in and out normally.
* Listen to your heart.
* Check your head, neck, spine, and belly to make sure there are no other injuries.

You may need to have an X-ray or other imaging test if your doctor isn’t sure about your symptoms. But rib fractures don’t always show up on X-rays. So you may be treated as though you have a fractured rib even if an X-ray doesn’t show any broken bones.

How is it treated?

If your doctor thinks you have internal injuries along with a fractured rib, you may need to be treated or watched in the hospital. You may be given strong medicine to control your pain.

But most fractured ribs are treated at home and will heal on their own over time. Home treatment will help you manage the pain while you heal. Pain relief can help you feel better and let you take deeper breaths.

A fractured rib usually takes at least 6 weeks to heal. To help manage the pain while the fracture heals:

* Put ice on the injured area.
* Get extra rest.
* Take pain medicine such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger pain medicine if over-the-counter medicines don’t work.

While you are healing, it is important to cough or take the deepest breath you can at least once an hour. This can help prevent pneumonia or a partial collapse of the lung tissue.

If you have fractured your ribs and you have not injured your neck or back, it is a good idea to lie on your injured side. This may seem odd at first, but it will let you take deeper breaths.

In the past, it was common to tape or tightly wrap the injured rib area. But you should not do this, even if it eases your pain. It can keep you from taking deep breaths, and it could cause parts of your lung to collapse or could increase your risk for pneumonia.

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