Self-management

Prevention

The following measures may help you prevent a broken rib:

  • Protect yourself from athletic injuries. Wear protective equipment when playing contact sports.
  • Reduce the risk of household falls. Remove clutter from your floors and clean spills promptly, use a rubber mat in the shower, keep your home well-lit, and put skidproof backing on carpets and area rugs.
  • Strengthen your bones. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet is important for maintaining strong bones. Aim for about 1,200 milligrams of calcium and 600 International Units of vitamin D daily from food and supplements.
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References
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