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Madonna told to rest after fall

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LONDON, England -- Injuries suffered by Madonna during a horse-riding accident mean she will have to stop dancing for several months and take a break from her beloved yoga, medical experts say.

She is recovering at home after falling from a horse as she celebrated her 47th birthday on Tuesday. She suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collar bone and a broken hand in the accident.

The star was with her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, and her two children when she was thrown from the horse in the 1,200-acre grounds of Ashcombe House, her country residence in the village of Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire-Dorset border.

A spokeswoman for the singer, famous for hits including "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin," told Reuters: "She is recovering at home."

Barbara Charone said the American artist was riding a new horse at the time of the fall.

The star is due to release a new album "Confessions on a Dancefloor" in November. Her spokeswoman said she did not expect the accident to affect the launch of the record.

Experts say Madonna will be able to use Yoga skills to help her recovery, because deep breathing is key to avoiding chest infections after suffering cracked ribs and a broken collar bone.

Leela Biant, an orthopedic surgeon at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, England, told the UK Press Association the star was unlikely to need surgery and would be fully mobile.

But she will currently be in some discomfort and will need to take painkillers for about a fortnight. Singing will be painful during that time.

She will also be likely to be wearing a sling and will take about three months to recover fully from the accident, after which she can resume normal activities -- including dancing.

"You don't treat broken ribs, they heal by themselves," Biant told PA.

"But people are encouraged to take deep breaths because the lung underneath can be bruised and it can leave you a bit more susceptible to chest infections if you don't breathe deeply.

"The fact that Madonna is very fit and healthy will help her recovery and because she does a lot of yoga she will be used to deep breathing.

"It will be more painful than taking small, shallow breaths, because it moves the ribs more but it is important.

"Broken collar bones usually heal by themselves as well -- only a few per cent of people need an operation.

"They will probably let it try to heal and if it doesn't then it might require surgery.

"She will need painkillers and it's going to be uncomfortable, especially trying to sleep.

"Sleeping on one side will be hard, particularly for the first two weeks. She will be completely mobile, but the yoga is going to have to wait for a while.

"She'd not going to want to put her arm above the level of her shoulder so she won't be able to reach up.

"And she won't be on her horse again for three months. But people with an upper limb injury are encouraged to get up and walk around so she won't be confined to bed by any means."

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