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March 9, 2014

Another Reason to Avoid NSAID: Delayed healing in rotator cuff after surgical repair

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At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we acknowledge the negative impact of NSAID on repair.

NSAID have been reported to affect bone metabolism,  fracture healing and increase the risk of sudden death heart attack.

Unfortunately NSAID medications continue to be prescribed for musculoskeletal pain including pain subsequent to surgical rotator cuff repair.

Does this medication make a difference in healing?

Checkik in a recent article examined the impact of NSAID on rotator cuff healing after surgical repair.  39 rates underwent rotator cuff injury and surgical repair.  Group A received meloxicam for the first 10 days whereas Group B recived meloxicam from postoperative day eleven.  Group C received saline injections.

Results:  Group B displayed lower maximal load which is consistent with delayed healing.

Bottom Line:  Avoid NSAID as they delay healing.

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