Zenith Performance Physical Therapy


NSAIDs: to use or not to use?

September 20, 2022

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs:) are “medicines that are widely used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and bring down a high temperature. They’re often used to relieve symptoms of headaches, painful periods, sprains and strains, colds and flu, arthritis, and other causes of long-term pain.”

Some of the most common and frequently used are Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, and Aspirin. Whether you are a professional athlete or simply trying to get your step count in for the day. NSAIDS are easily accessible and convenient to reduce any pain. However, the use of NSAIDs can have a negative effect on vascular blood flow which is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues and taking away tissue waste matter, all essential to healing through the pain points we experience. In addition, suppression of the inflammatory responses may interact with the failed healing of degenerative tendon injuries.

Before reaching for an over the counter pain reliever, let’s consider 3 alternatives to reduce pain:

1. LOAD up the area of injury: think of adding weights to build strength ex: weight lifting

2. FLUSH out that inflammation with some cardio sprints on the assault bike, rowing, etc.

3. CALL if you are needing extra attention call us! We know every pain, jury, and body is unique. Here at Zenith our hope is to reduce your pain, get to the root of the issue and ensure you build resilience for life!

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