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.
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.