Topical Anti-inflammatories

Topical anti-inflammatories

Many patients experience muscle injuries, especially those runners and athletes during the summer.  These injuries can be acute due to increased activities or chronic repetitive incorrect technique.  There are many ways to treat these injuries, which are commonly related to inflammation in the injured site.

Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are the most commonly prescribed medication for musculoskeletal injuries.  They are useful for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.  Oral/systemic NSAIDs do have adverse side effects, specifically to the heart and stomach.  There have been many newer topical NSAIDs brought to the market to treat the injuries.  Topical NSAIDs are used to treat the area locally and produce high enough concentrations without the high systemic levels typically associated with common side effects.

There are side effects associated with topical NSAIDs, with the most common adverse reaction a skin reaction occurring in 1 to 2 percent of patients.   This can present as redness, itching and irritation.  There is evidence that supports that topical NSAIDs are effective and safe for sports injuries.

If you are unable to take oral NSAIDs, but have had issues with recurrent sports injuries, topical NSAIDs may be a treatment option for you.  Let us a Worthington Foot & Ankle help!