Which medications are used in the treatment of ankle sprains?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Analgesics and NSAIDs frequently are used to control pain and inflammation. Ultimately, the clinician has the prerogative to determine the most appropriate medication. Pain control is the initial treatment goal for ankle sprains.

As previously stated, the use of NSAIDs is somewhat controversial. [57] Some physicians argue that the anti-inflammatory effects of NSAIDs help to decrease swelling, which ultimately increases the speed of recovery. Others believe that acutely used NSAIDs, by inhibiting platelets, increase the likelihood of additional swelling by increasing the potential for bleeding. [69, 70, 72]

If NSAIDs are not used, acetaminophen or other analgesics may be required for pain control in some patients with moderate to severe ankle sprains. [72]


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