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NSAID Aid Injury Recovery Time?

I just recently injured my right shoulder and was wondering if taking an nsaid such as aleve or ibuprofen daily would speed my recovery time significantly?
Mike

Depends on what type of injury. Soft tissue damage is sometimes better healed using hot/cold compressions and muscle gels such as BioFreeze.

[quote]rsa91356 wrote:

I just recently injured my right shoulder and was wondering if taking an nsaid such as aleve or ibuprofen daily would speed my recovery time significantly?
Mike[/quote]

I think NSAIDs and other pain relievers main effect is a reduction in inflammation (temporary)which can contribute to healing. However, alot of us forget that the tissue is still a little damaged even after we take the medication and when we’re feelin’ good we go right into activities or do movements that stress the area we’re trying to heal. End result is continuation of the injury.