Sorry to hear about your fall...Yikes...cracked ribs are just awful..
The most important thing is have adequate pain control to maintain good breathing with your lungs..
The old school of thinking was to wrap them up...that's what they did for me back in HS eons ago..same for my brother..we were big skateboarders and crazy kids!!...lol...
but now Dr.s think that it's more important to have more motion to attempt to take deep breaths to prevent complication of pneumonia..
You really need to see an Ortho Dr. , can you go to the one who treats you for your hips? to have them evaluate and give you some anti-inflammatory medicine and other pain meds..this way..you can keep your breathing as normal as possible with less pain..
They might also do a nerve block to help as well if needed..
It does unfortunately take a month or two to heal..and yes..but keeping track of your lung functioning is crucial..
Keep us posted..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
PM since 2006