What Your Anti Inflammatory Medications Are Not Telling You?

Anti inflammatory medications include common meds that can be purchased over the counter such as Advil and ibuprofen.

These medications are commonly taken to help reduce pain and the dreaded swelling that typically accompanies a recent tweak or injury.

Less pain. Less swelling. Seems like a no brainer, right?! Well, not always..

That pain and swelling that we get right after a recent injury is our bodies way of signaling that there is something wrong.

Within the “swelling” is an elevated amount of white blood cells that assist our bodies to heal and regenerate faster!

The pain that we experience serves as a “warning” to protect ourselves and to prevent further injury.

So, what does research tell us?

Recent studies published by Vanderbilt university, and the journal of orthopedic medicine have linked prolonged healing times, and increased frequencies of compensation injuries to extended anti-inflammatory usage.

So, what can be done?

Don’t limp! Early intervention that is centered around “active rest”, safe and normal movement, and increased blood flow to and from the area of injury gives our bodies the boost they need to better do their job.

Having a medical health professional to walk with you, assist your movement, and provide pain reduction strategies often provides a much appreciated peace of mind.

So remember, when you feel that pain immediately following a minor injury, don’t always jump for the pain meds but instead continue to move your body slowly and safely through it’s available range of motion, and feel free to reach out to us for other health care options!

Joel Kelley