What are anti-inflammatories?
- Anti-inflammatories are better known as a group of drugs called NSAIDs
- Common types: Voltaren, Nurofen, Aspirin, Advil, Celebrex, Mobic
- They disrupt the chemical process that occurs during cell damage that leads to inflammation in that area
- This is useful if the area of damage is large enough for the inflammation to start to occlude the blood flow
- However, there is now evidence that for minor muscle tears, NSAIDs may delay healing
When to use?
- NSAIDs can be effective for symptomatic relief but rarely treat the cause of any pain
- NSAIDs are appropriate for joint injuries or bursal swelling:
– Sprained ankles
– Joint injuries
– Acute back and neck pain
- NSAIDs are NOT appropriate for:
– Minor muscle tears
– Chronic tendon injuries
– Elite and Amateur athletes in training
– Pre-event or competition use
- Inappropriate use can delay or prevent healing, lead to severe side effects and mask underlying conditions
How much is too much?
- Follow medical advice!!! Your physiotherapist will direct you to whether it is appropriate for your condition, how much to take, and for how long.
- When purchasing, be aware of the possible side effects and interaction with other medication
– Common are gastrointestinal upsets
- Long term use (more than 3 months) can lead to gut, kidney, liver and cardiovascular problems
Speak to our physiotherapists today on advice on NSAIDs, or about any concerns. Give us a call on 9922 2212!