Anti-Inflammatories to Ease Shoulder Pain
I am generally not one to recommend the taking of anti-inflammatories (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) but in certain circumstances they can prove useful.
Try Other Solutions before Anti-Inflammatories
Before trying anti-inflammatories I suggest using exercises and apply heat or ice treatment.
If you are generally healthy though and short of time then anti-inflammatories can be very useful in the first two weeks of injury.
Using anti-inflammatories with exercise in the first two weeks of injury can help to reduce pain and improve mobility but please never self-prescribe.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any anti-inflammatories and always take these after eating something.
How NSAIDS Work
NSAIDS are the most commonly used anti-inflammatories for shoulder pain and include medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, and various prescription medications.
They work by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins that lead to swelling and inflammation
Why Anti-Inflammatories May be Useful for Shoulder Pain
Although anti-inflammatories do have their disadvantages they can also be beneficial in the treatment of shoulder pain, especially where heat therapy may not be used for the first few days or where ice therapy is contra-indicated.
In these situations and where the person is in general good health, anti-inflammatories can greatly help to reduce swelling and inflammation, ease the pain and improve mobility of joints.
Contra-indication for Using Anti-inflammatories for Shoulder Pain
As we say, generally it is best if you can find other solutions to your shoulder pain as anti-inflammatories can have some serious side-effects with one of the most common being the interference with the stomach lining that can lead to bleeding ulcers and other complications.
The taking of anti-inflammatories should be avoided, or at least carefully monitored by a physician, if you suffer from asthma, liver problems, heart problems or kidney problems.
Although anti-inflammatories can be useful for reducing pain and inflammation in the first two weeks after injury, they should generally be avoided unless you are otherwise in good health and do not have enough time to correctly apply more natural and beneficial solutions.
If you suffer from asthma, liver, heart or kidney problems then please avoid using these altogether unless you are under the strict supervision of your medical physician.
One more thing, if you do take anti-inflammatories, always do so after eating food which will help protect your stomach.