It is common practice for people to apply ice and take a couple ibuprofen tablets soon after an injury. The goal is to decrease pain and swelling, and this treatment can help achieve that goal. Are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen, the best choices after a fracture (broken bone)? Or can NSAIDs actually slow healing?

Since they are sold over the counter, most people assume anti-inflammatory medications, like Advil and Aleve, are safe. And while they have some side effects, they are generally safe.

Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

As orthopedic surgeons, we have some concerns about taking them, especially in large quantities or for long periods of time after you suffer a fracture. In this video, I explain why many orthopedic surgeons believe anti-inflammatory medications can actually slow bone healing and what you could use instead.

Remember, always talk to your doctor for specific questions about recovering from your particular injury.

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