Many people use anti-inflammatory drugs when they have an injury or ongoing musculo-skeletal pain. Often the drugs are recommended and prescribed by their GP. But it is becoming accepted that inflammation is an important part of the healing process and that we should avoid anti-inflammatories.
In fact a recent editorial in The British Journal of Sports Medicine (1) recommended replacing the old R.I.C.E acronym for acute sports injury care with PEACE and LOVE, where A stands for “Avoid Anti-inflammatories”.
I still call my acute injury liniment R.I.C.E. though.
And of course I think that the A should also stand for Acupuncture. Get it.
(1)Soft-tissue injuries simply need PEACE and LOVE;