NSAIDs and Tendinitis

The New York Times published an article in the past couple of days about NSAIDs and their use to treat tendinitis.  The basic point is, tendinitis really isn’t an “-itis.”  That is, it is not an inflammatory condition but rather one of tissue breakdown and as such, NSAIDs treat only symptoms and are not curative.  In some cases, NSAIDs may impair the healing response.  These are facts that have been well known by doctors for many years, but usually come as a surprise when I explain this to my patients. Take a look at this article.  The facts are correct, and useful information for everyone.  NSAIDs are useful tools, and I do prescribe them a fair amount, but most tendon conditions (short of complete rupture of course) are most definitively addressed by a specific exercise program.