Ask A Physio: Anti-Inflammatories Help Or Hinder My Injury?

March 29, 2021 at 5:51 PM

Sean Lester is one of our Senior Physiotherapists, he has special interests in: musculoskeletal, sports injuries, return to sport planning & testing, movement analysis, post-surgical shoulder and knee rehabilitation. To book an appointment with Sean, or read his Meet the Team profile CLICK HERE.

Our Ask A Physio series is a collection of micro blogs aimed at giving a basic understanding to some frequently asked questions. If you have an injury or are experiencing discomfort please book for an assessment, or contact reception for more information.


Will taking anti-inflammatories help or hinder my injury?

It depends! Anti-inflammatories can often provide some much needed pain relief and reduced swelling in the first few days following an injury, and sometimes even for a few weeks. This is particularly true for soft tissue injuries like sprains or bruises.

But we can often be a bit blasé with medications which are available from the supermarket or dairy. They are still powerful drugs, with side effects and the potential to be toxic, particularly when they are used inappropriately. Also, we’re starting to see evidence that certain anti inflammatories can slow or even reverse progress in certain injuries, like Achilles or rotator cuff tendon damage.

If you’re in any doubt whatsoever, we would always recommend speaking to your physiotherapist, GP, practise nurse or local pharmacist before any self medicating.



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