What is the role of NSAIDs in the treatment of rotator cuff injuries?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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NSAIDs are frequently used at the onset of rotator cuff injuries to reduce inflammation and control pain. Currently, good clinical studies justifying routine NSAID use are not available. In addition, adverse effect profiles and patient tolerance of NSAIDs may preclude their use in some cases. Various NSAIDs are available over the counter or by prescription. Use proper doses in the acute phase of rotator cuff injuries for a few days to a week, and stop when pain and inflammation begin to subside.


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