Resource Summary

Clinical Question: Do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce swelling and inflammation in acute injury?

Bottom Line: Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) of NSAIDs effect on musculoskeletal injury swelling show highly inconsistent results: Some slight improvements (2-11 percent)^ some slight worsening (8 percent) and most no effect. It is unlikely NSAIDs have any reliable effect on acute injury swelling but they do improve pain for -1 in 4 over one week.

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Publication Date: 2016-3-29
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 16:22:33