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What is a Rib Brace? 

A rib brace is specifically designed to provide support and compression to the fractured or bruised ribs to help them heal. The rib braces stabilize the rib cage after injury or surgery and combine compression therapy and gentle support to the rib cage, allowing the ribs to recover safely. Rehab Store offers high-quality rib belts that contour to your body, providing compression with maximum comfort. The rib belt limits the motion in the chest and helps relieve pain from the chest wall and ribs. We have rib support braces in a range of sizes and are available for both men and women. 

When is a Rib Belt used? 

A rib brace is used in the following instances: 

  • Broken ribs 
  • Sore or bruised rib cage 
  • Dislocated ribs 
  • Cracked ribs 
  • Intercostal muscle strain 
  • Chest pain 
  • Sternum fractures  
  • Post rib surgery  

How does a Rib Compression Wrap help? 

  • Rib injuries and fractures can happen for many reasons.  
  • Surgery is rarely indicated for rib fractures, so they must be left to heal naturally. 
  • Rib fractures can cause significant pain and can interfere with your everyday activities. 
  • Pain medications and a rib belt may help with the pain. 
  • A rib brace is scientifically engineered to accelerate healing and protect the body while providing superior support and comfort. 
  • The rib brace is applied to the thoracic and upper abdominal region to bind the rib cage and provide compression during rib fractures and postoperative care while allowing sufficient flexibility for comfortable breathing. 
  • The rib compression wrap helps stabilize rib and sternum fractures by limiting chest expansion through compression.  
  • The compression of the rib belt can help reduce inflammation and encourage blood flow to the affected area to ensure quick healing. 
  • The male version of the rib brace has a straight belt, whereas the female model has a contour around the bust line for an improved fitting and added comfort. 
  • The adjustable velcro front closure helps in stabilizing the rib. 

How to use the Broken Rib Brace? 

You can apply a rib brace in a standing or laying position. Open the rib belt to its fullest length with the care tag on the inside. Place the rib support belt around the rib cage, and the hook should be on the right. Stretch both sides of the belt and wrap it without the hook around the body first. Then secure the hook onto the loop part for the desired compression. The rib support should snug fit but not too tight. Adjust the rib brace accordingly. 

Safety tips while using a Rib Belt 

  • Always wear a rib brace when your physician finds it necessary for your recovery. Your doctor or orthotist will help you find a rib belt suitable for your condition. 
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions and wear the rib brace as directed. Improper use can do more harm than good. 
  • The rib belt should not be too tight to affect your normal breathing pattern. 
  • Regular breathing exercises should be done to increase airflow to the lungs and prevent complications of pneumonia. 
  • A special device called an incentive spirometer can be used to improve lung capacity. 
  • If you experience breathing difficulties, stop using the rib brace and see your physician immediately. 

FAQs on Rib Support Brace 

1. How do you know that you have a broken rib? 

A broken rib is diagnosed with the following conditions: 

  • Severe pain with deep breathing and coughing 
  • The rib area is sore and uncomfortable to touch 
  • Swelling and bruising in the affected area 

2. How long can I wear my Rib Belt? 

A rib belt can usually be worn throughout the day for support and compression while recovering from a rib injury, fracture, or surgery. Your physician would tell you how long you can wear the rib brace and whether you can wear it while sleeping. 

3. Can I wear a Rib Compression Wrap under my clothes? 

Rib braces are primarily meant to provide compression to the ribcage and are worn against the skin for maximum effect. Therefore, you can wear the rib belts inconspicuously under the clothes. 

4. How do I clean my Rib Belt? 

If you are wearing the rib brace for a long time, you must ensure it is clean and hygienic. Hand wash the rib brace in cold water with mild soap. Do not twist or wring; wrap it in a towel to remove excess water. Let it air dry. You can also follow the manufacturer’s care instructions. 

Where to buy a Rib Brace online? 

Rehab Store carries rib compression wraps to help heal and alleviate pain resulting from ribcage injuries. Rolyan Universal Elastic Rib Support is constructed of breathable elastic material, and its pressure-sensitive closures limit the expansion of the chest to promote healing. We have an extensive range of rib braces from leading manufacturers such as BSN Medical, A-T Surgical, Bodysport, etc., with exclusive discounts and offers. Place your order today! 

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