Express, a UK online publication, recently posted a story regarding a recent study about the potential ramifications of using certain pain medications to treat chronic joint pain.
Here's an excerpt from the article highlighting our biggest concerns:
"When the stubborn joint pain strikes, you might instantly reach for ibuprofen to relieve this achy symptom. Able to ease various symptoms of arthritis, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are often prescribed for patients battling the joint disease.
However, a new study from the University of California found that taking these go-to pain meds “may worsen inflammation” in the knee joint over time. The likes of ibuprofen and naproxen offer little information on the long-term effects of these drugs on disease progression, the researchers penned.
NSAIDs are frequently used to treat pain, but there is still an open discussion of how NSAID use influences outcomes for osteoarthritis patients. In particular, the impact of NSAIDs on synovitis, or the inflammation of the membrane lining the joint, has never been analyzed using MRI-based structural biomarkers. Synovitis is the medical term for when the synovium of a joint becomes inflamed.”
Amazing. Marketed practically as some practical miracle or magic wand for pain…. Has never been proven for long term use.
While we agree that we cannot completely “cure” arthritis, what we are sure of Is that a majority of arthritis pain sufferers can MANAGE arthritis to reduce pain, improve mobility and hopefully slow progression.
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