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NSAIDs and Musculoskeletal Treatment: What Is the Clinical Evidence?

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 15:39

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed for musculoskeletal injuries because the conditions are believed to be inflammatory in nature. However, because inflammation is a necessary component in the healing process, decreasing inflammation may prove counterproductive. Also, many tendon injuries called 'tendinitis' are, in fact, degenerative and not inflammatory conditions. An analysis of the pathophysiology and healing of musculoskeletal injuries questions the use of NSAIDs in many treatment protocols. Because NSAIDs have profound side effects, they should not automatically be the first choice for treating musculoskeletal injuries.

Steven D. Stovitz, MD // NSAIDs and Musculoskeletal Treatment: What Is the Clinical Evidence? // The Physician and SportsMedicine 2003 (Jan); 31 (1)