Have A Broken Bone? Don’t Take Pain Medication.

Did anyone tell you pain is good? Did you know 86 million people in the US have pain? Are you ready for a counter-culture statement? Pain medication should not be used when you have a broken bone. Actually, most types of pain relievers rather Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, Indocin, or others, actually slow healing. Those medications may thwart healing by blocking enzymes and inflammatory responses that help broken bones rebuild themselves.

Studies have shown participants who took pain relievers were ten times more likely to have healing complications and took an average of two months longer to heal, compared to those who do/did not take pain relievers. An occasional, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) probably won’t harm a mending bone; it is safest to avoid the drugs for at least six weeks after a break. If pain relievers slow healing, do you think they have the potential to help your osteoporosis?

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