As you might be aware, rib injury is common especially in contact sports.
From your short description, I assume that you do not have problems with you breathing.
I would suggest to see your GP in case of complications, and particularly if your have problems with your breathing. Your doctor will examine you and he might request a chest x-ray to rule out any rib fracture. Also, he might prescribe you appropriate pain medication in order to relieve pain.
Your body could take between 6-8 weeks to settle the pain for bruised ribs and longer in case a fracture is present. While the pain persists, I would recommend to stay away from heavy physical exercise and not to play contact sports. Try to rest and increase your fluids intake to avoid constipation. A few times per day, breathe deeply so that lung infections can be avoided. You can also try heat therapy like heating pads or a warm bath for reducing the pain and keeping relaxed.
Answered by Health at Hand nurses.
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