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St. Francis Sports Medicine Newsletter | June 2012  
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June 2012

6/5, 6/12, 6/19 and 6/26
All Corners Track Meet

6/5, 6/12, 6/14, 6/19, 6/25, and 6/28
Legion Baseball at Conestee Park 

6/6, 6/13, 6/20 and 6/27

Adult Volleyball League

Greenville Griffins 7's Rugby Tournament

Sunrise 8k


South Carolina Road Race Championship

Guys Night at Fleet Feet

6/14 - 6/21

US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships

Derby Dames Roller Derby Bout



Walk down the pain reliever aisle of your local drug store and it's clear you have options. The question is, what over-the-counter medicine is best to take for a sports injury? Believe it or not, almost all of the over-the-counter medications used to treat pain fall into two main categories: anti-inflammatory medicines and pain relievers. Please continue reading to learn more: 

What's Your Over-the-Counter IQ?


Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Anti-inflammatory medicines, also called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), include ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. NSAIDs work to reduce inflammation of an area that, in turn, causes pain. They are the most recommended type of over-the-counter medications for sports injuries because the pain of most sports injuries is caused by inflammation.


Pain Relievers

The most common non-NSAID pain reliever is acetaminophen (Tylenol). Medications like acetaminophen work differently from NSAIDs because they change the way the body perceives pain, but do not treat the inflammation that may be causing the pain.


Which One?

NSAID medications are most commonly recommended by Sports Medicine physicians because of their anti-inflammatory properties. However, NSAID medications and acetaminophen can be taken together to relieve stubborn pain caused by sports injuries. Be sure to follow the dosing instructions on the package, and remember to take NSAIDs with food, as they can cause stomach irritation for some people.


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