- Article: Williams K (2012) Evidence on NSAID use in soft tissue injuries.Nursing Times; 108: 45, 12-14.
- Ankle sprains account for up to 10% of attendances at emergency departments
- Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) is the cornerstone of treatment of soft tissue injuries
- For those requiring pain relief, paracetamol should be used as a first step
- NSAID use may impede the inflammatory phase of healing
- Gastro-intestinal symptoms are experienced by 10%-30% of people using NSAIDs
- How do you treat a soft tissue injury? What advice would you give a patient presenting with a sprained ankle?
- What analgesia would you recommend for pain?
- After reading this article summarise the arguments against using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to treat soft tissue injury?
- What drugs could you recommend as an alternative to NSAID?
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