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    Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    I sustained a shoulder injury and my Doc gave me a cortisone shot this morning and prescribed 5x per day of anti-inflammatory drugs ?#??@ 5-per day for a month and if nothing gets better we proceed to an MRI.

    Do they really work to repair the injury, or just treat the symptoms?


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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Could be they're hoping it will heal up on its own and the cortisone/NSAID combo will keep you relatively pain-free while your body does its own thing.



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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    I think the idea is to keep the inflammation down so that the body can more efficiently heal itself, but I'm not a doctor.



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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I think the idea is to keep the inflammation down so that the body can more efficiently heal itself, but I'm not a doctor.
    This sounds like what they're using them for in your case. I've had to take anti-inflammatory pills when I've thrown out my back. It helped bring the pain level down, and in my case the inflammation was so bad it was preventing the chiropractor from making adjustments. So I guess to answer your question they kind of do both, they help treat the symptoms, and they help your body start healing.


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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Thanks for all the replies. It's been about 7-hours since the cortisone shot and I admit, the pain and flexibility has improved.

    I'm a little cynical and don't want to just take a bunch of drugs - especially when the injury happened last December. Seems like that would have been healed on it's own by now, and I didn't want to argue with my Doc regarding his prescription.


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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Doctor prescribes medication to treat and injury. Go to CF for second opinion.



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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Doctor prescribes medication to treat and injury. Go to CF for second opinion.
    To treat AND injure!!!!?!?? Those bastards!


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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye11en1 View Post
    To treat AND injure!!!!?!?? Those bastards!
    It's that damn Obamacare I tell you.



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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Be hopeful when the drugs get the swelling down the damage is minimal. I've had my shoulder redone. It was the worst week of my life.



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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    I sustained a shoulder injury and my Doc gave me a cortisone shot this morning and prescribed 5x per day of anti-inflammatory drugs ?#??@ 5-per day for a month and if nothing gets better we proceed to an MRI.

    Do they really work to repair the injury, or just treat the symptoms?
    What shoulder injury? I'm recovering from Bursitis/impingement and had a cortisone shot followed by PT for 10 weeks. Mine is pain-free now but I'd stay it still feels a little different than my other shoulder.


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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Doctor prescribes medication to treat and injury. Go to CF for second opinion.
    It's people like you who take the Doc's prescription for antibiotics when you have the flu. Question authority kid; there's people who will take your money for anything.


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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    What shoulder injury? I'm recovering from Bursitis/impingement and had a cortisone shot followed by PT for 10 weeks. Mine is pain-free now but I'd stay it still feels a little different than my other shoulder.
    He called it a 'Frozen Shoulder' and the X-Ray showed early stages of a bone spur, or maybe beginning arthritis.



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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    got a few cortisone shots for a herniated disc, and since i'm no good at remembering to take pills i stopped taking them and never really noticed a difference



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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by clone319 View Post
    got a few cortisone shots for a herniated disc, and since i'm no good at remembering to take pills i stopped taking them and never really noticed a difference
    It's been 8-hrs since the cortisone and it's is really an improvement.


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    Re: Sports Injuries - do anti-inflammatory drugs really work?

    not going to repair it, but will take the pain away for awhile...



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