Q: I suffered bruise ribs during a Muay Thai fight. How long will it take for them to heal?
A: Your ribs protect your body's major organs but there is little soft tissue to cushion a direct blow to the bones themselves. The ribs move during every breath, and can be painful when yawning, coughing or sneezing. Most bruising will be better within six weeks of the injury. Any soft tissue caught between a rock (your ribs) and a hard place (your opponent) will also be bruised and may take six weeks to settle. If you return to Muay Thai fight too soon and suffer the same injury this may delay your recovery, so err on the side of caution.