Rib inflammation or rib pain can occur due to many factors: pregnancy, constant coughing and lifting heavy objects are some of the common causes of rib pain. Trauma or injury can also lead to inflammation in the ribs. Costochondritis and Tietze syndrome are some conditions which can give rise to sharp pain in the ribs and chest region. Let us check out some natural remedies for bruised ribs.
1. Ice pack
An ice pack is a universally accepted remedy to treat bruised ribs and rib pain. Apply an ice pack to the site as soon as the injury occurs. You can also use frozen vegetables in place of ice. Continue icing the region for 5-7 minutes or until the pain subsides. Repeat every few hours.
2. Hot compress
Acute strains and sprain after playing sports or lifting weights are some of the common causes behind pain in the ribs. Apply a heated flannel cloth or a hot water bottle to the painful ribs. Heat increases blood flow to the inflamed area and carries much needed blood and oxygen there. Continue applying heat by pressing the ribs gently. Use this remedy 3-4 times a day or as needed.
Adequate rest and a good night’s sleep are very essential to get rid of inflammation in the ribs. Rest will help you heal quickly. Inadequate rest, on the other hand ,will slow the healing process and also increase risk of further damage. Avoid lifting weights when suffering from rib or chest pain.
If you are sure your ribs are not broken, a gentle massage can also help. You can use certain essential oils like Lavender, Wintergreen or Eucalyptus oils mixed with a bit of warm coconut oil and massage the painful area. Repeat the massage therapy several times a day or when the pain is unbearable.
5. Hot bath
One of the best home remedies for rib pain due to cough is soaking in a hot tub bath. To enhance its effects, you can add some pain relieving Epsom salts, essential oils or herbs to the bath water. Soak in this medicated bath for up to 20 minutes or until the water cools (or the pain subsides).
6. Vitamin D liquid
Applying vitamin D (1000 IU) liquid form on the chest can also alleviate rib inflammation caused by costochondritis in winters. Massage the liquid on the chest several times a day for 2-3 days until the pain reduces completely.
Certain supplements like calcium orotate (1000 mg per day) can relieve rib pain caused due to costochondritis and Tietze syndrome. This is particularly beneficial for people who experience shortness of breath and pain while deep breathing. Rowers and weight lifters also benefit with calcium orotate supplements. Another supplement that helps get rid of rib inflammation is vitamin D3. Take 4000 IU of Vitamin D per day or spend some time in the early morning sun. Supplement L-lysine is also beneficial for people having rib inflammation due to stress or heavy lifting. Omega 3 essential oil supplements (fish oil or flaxseed oil capsules) also fight inflammation.
Many herbal extracts and supplements are popular home remedies for rib pain due to cough. Here are the best ones to take:
- Olive leaf extracts
- For severe pain, take grapefruit seed extract in water or juice
- Cat’s claw
- Ginger- This herb fights inflammation and is also effective for coughs. Grate ginger and take it in the form of some hot tea. You can also take ginger pills.
- Turmeric- Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and can stop rib pain. Take curcumin extract pills twice a day to get rid of rib inflammation. Add organic turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk, sweeten with honey or sugar and drink before bedtime. This remedy will prevent coughing that causes rib and stomach pain.
Rubbing some camphor oil on the chest area can stop rib inflammation quickly. Use this remedy a couple of times a day to see results.
10. Get rid of cough
Persistent coughing can lead to severe chest pain and costochondritis. So get rid of cough by sucking on some cloves or medicated lozenges. You can also check out top cough remedies in this article.
11. Practice deep breathing
Deep breathing exercises or pranayama will hurt the ribs in the beginning but as you continue the practice, your chest and ribs will get stronger. If you are unable to breathe deeply due to severe pain, see a doctor.
Persistent rib inflammation could indicate broken or fractured ribs as well as some other serious health issues. If the above remedies for rib pain do not give you relief, see your doctor immediately.