Natalie J Robb health: ‘I had bruises on my rib cage’ Emmerdale star’s stunt ordeal

Natalie J Robb, 44, who’s played Moira Barton on ITV’s Emmerdale since 2009, revealed she suffered bruises to her ribs after the first night of filming scenes with on-screen husband James Thornton, back in 2012. Fans will remember in this particular episode, the couple set off for a night at a hotel, when their Land Rover hits a patch of ice. The vehicle wentskidding at high speed before falling on its side. Speaking to the Daily Record at the time, Natalie revealed parts of the Land Rover were filmed inside a mechanism to simulate the effect of the crash.

After the first night I had bruises on my rib cage, so they added padding

Natalie J Robb

She said: “It went too slow for me. I wanted it to go faster. I love the waltzer.

“James wasn’t so keen on it though.

“When you let the harness go it starts to crush you a little bit and felt claustrophobic.

“After the first night I had bruises on my rib cage, so they added padding.”

Natalie added: “It was spooky to shoot because it was on the moors, dark and the weather was terrible.

“It gave a really uneasy sense of reality to the whole thing.”

A few days later after the interview, Natalie appeared on ITV’s Lorraine and again spoke of her ordeal.

She explained: “We did have two stunt doubles for both of us, but in the end, we didn’t really use them – because you have to make it look as real as possible.

“It wasn’t that bad, really.”

Bruised ribs

Bruised ribs can prove very painful, but usually heal by themselves.

According to the NHS, symptoms may include:

  • Strong pain in your chest area, particularly when you breathe in
  • Swelling or tenderness around the affected ribs
  • Sometimes bruising on the skin
  • Feeling or hearing a crack if it’s a broken rib

Ribs are usually left to heal naturally because they cannot be easily splintered like other bones. Often there’s no need for an X-ray.

Bruised or broken ribs usually heal within three to six weeks, but the health body says there are a number of things you can do to help ease the pain and speed up healing.

It advises:

  • Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – avoid taking ibuprofen for 48 hours after your injury as it may slow down healing
  • Hold an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas in a tea towel) to the affected ribs regularly in the first few days to bring down swelling
  • Rest and take time off work if you need to
  • Breathe normally and cough when you need to – this helps clear mucus from your lungs to prevent chest infections
  • If you need to cough, hold a pillow against your chest
  • Walk around and sometimes move your shoulders to help you breathe and clear mucus from your lungs
  • Take 10 slow, deep breaths every hour to help clear your lungs
  • Try to sleep more upright for the first few nights

You should avoid wrapping bandages around the chest, laying down for long periods of time, lifting heavy objects, smoking, and playing sports or doing exercise that makes the pain worse.

Another Emmerdale star, Gaynor Faye, suffered whiplash after feeling a stunt for a car accident scene. 

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