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September 24, 2007

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

Filed under: News — Phil @ 7:00 am

Commonly used and prescribed for soft tissue injuries / inflammation, but why do you take them? What effect do they have on your injury?

NSAIDS have several effects; they act as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and help reduce fever.

Firstly they inhibit the release of prostaglandin in the body; this decreases vascular permeability allowing inflammation to settle quicker.

NSAIDS also help to reduce pain as inflammation settles.

NSAIDS may also effect the tensile strength of muscle tissues by increasing the amount of insoluble collagen near the injury, this will aid the cross linking of the collagen fibres in the muscles as they heal, therefore giving improved tensile strength.

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