Anti-inflammatory drugs could increase chronic pain risk, study suggests

Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation, which new research indicates may have a protective effect.

Nina Massey
Wednesday 11 May 2022 19:00
Low back pain is the most commonly reported form of chronic pain, according to researchers (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Low back pain is the most commonly reported form of chronic pain, according to researchers (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Using drugs like ibuprofen and steroids to relieve short-term pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, new research suggests.

The findings from the small study challenge usual methods for dealing with pain, and indicate that it could be time to reconsider how pain is treated.

Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation – the body’s natural reaction to injury and infection – and new research indicates blocking inflammation with drugs could lead to harder-to-treat pain.

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