Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories sometimes seem like a lifesaver, but there is evidence that long term use has negative effects. In fact, overuse has been seen to increase arthritic changes in joints, reduce tissue healing in tendons, and is contraindicated when bone healing is vital as in spinal fusion surgery. Also, some people have sensitive responses in the gastrointestinal tract.
There are alternative anti-inflammatory methods that are being discussed. Nobody has the magic cure yet, but if you want to try some natural alternatives here are some evidence-supported ideas. (special note: If you do decide to try some of the supplements I would always check with your physician, naturopath, pharmacist, etc….whoever knows your medical history and understands the medications you are taking.)
Finally, here is some of the best advice I’ve heard:
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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