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Phys Sportsmed. 2003 Jan;31(1):35-52. doi: 10.3810/psm.2003.01.160.

NSAIDs and musculoskeletal treatment: what is the clinical evidence?

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Department of Family Practice and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 55406, USA. stovi001.umn.edu.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
20086440
DOI:
10.3810/psm.2003.01.160

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