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
One of the critical factors which determine the period for cosmetics and medicines to last is the method and quality of packaging they receive. Always make sure to look at the date behind the products you buy as expired products can only cause an adverse effect on your health.
Speak to our physiotherapists today on advice on NSAIDs, or about any concerns. Give us a call on 9922 2212!