Quadriceps Injury Medication

Updated: Dec 14, 2022
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD, FAAOS, FAOA; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the treatment of muscular injuries is controversial. Inflammatory cells are a necessary and important part of the clearing away of necrotic muscle fiber. This process is followed by the regeneration and scar formation phase. Based on this, interfering with the inflammatory response may, in fact, delay healing.

A compelling reason for using NSAIDs does not appear to exist, and their cost and potential adverse effects should also be taken into consideration. [6] If used at all, it should be early in the inflammatory period (first 2-3 d) and not once the actual regeneration has begun. Corticosteroids are also believed to have a negative effect on healing. Anabolic steroids may prove to be helpful in muscle healing but are not currently part of management.