The common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory class is called NSAIDs - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These are commonly prescribed form musculoskeletal pain and injuries, including back pain, neck pain, whiplash, disc problems, etc. However, these medications are often over used – including taking too much and taking them too long.
In an article in Medscape Orthopedics (October 28, 2015) it was noted that it has been known for decades that NSAIDs have been known to slow the process of injury repair and the building of muscles (up to 50-70% reduced in some animal studies). It was clearly stated that enough evidence has accumulated now that most experts are recommending against long-term use, especially of prescription doses of NSAIDs. It was also noted that despite the popular thinking, inflammation is not all bad, and actually required for the healing process.
The Medscape Orthopedics article also cited a recent study in the journal Connective Tissue Research showing that anti-inflammatory drugs seem to inhibit the healing process of connective tissue and the stimulating effect of exercise on connective tissue protein synthesis (i.e., repair process).
This adds to the information of the past few years that NSAIDs increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, kidney disease, liver disease, and to the fact that NSAIDs increase risks of GI problems including bleeding (well known for years).
We see too many patients who have been on long-term NSAIDs, either prescribed or self-directed.
At ProActive Spine Care, we help you focus on more natural ways to control pain, manage inflammation, and promote tissue repair after injury. Give us a call today to let us help you, or your fiends and family in Tacoma, Fircrest, and University Place.