If one has a training injury (eg. shoulder pain), NSAIDS will act as a painkiller, I know this. but I’ve also heard that NSAIDS may prolong the healing process. This argument holds that inflammation is part of the healing process. What are your views on this? Would it better to just bear with the pain? Prolonging the healing of an injury is NOT what I would want to do. I don’t care about the pain.
Also, how does iceing help an injured bodypart?
Another question: I have a shoulder injury. Nothing serious, just strained some ligaments there. Now, say if I were to use infrared heat on it, would it be good? I mean, the heat would penetrate deep into the tissues and dilate the blood vessels, thus promoting circulation there and healing. Is this true?
Another question: how effective are heparin-based/containing creams as compared to anti-inflammatory creams like Voltaran (sp)?