Table 1

Author’s pragmatic guidelines for NSAID use

Conditions in which NSAID will tend to be most useful (but should be avoided if the patient is at high risk of side effects)Impingement conditions (nerve or soft-tissue impingement)
Inflammatory arthropathy
Conditions in which NSAID use might be considered based on clinical findingsLigament and joint sprains
Osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint conditions
The value of NSAID remains controversial and should be used with cautionMuscle strains
Conditions in which NSAID use is not generally indicated because they may compromise healingIsolated chronic tendinopathies (without impingement)
  • NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.