06-17-2009, 07:24 PM #1
Ibuprofin Advil bad for Bone healing
I came across this concept while googling for info to help heal my broken tibia.
I even found a scientific article that compared the 4 scientific studies on point and found the data mixed and not fully conclusive.
Intuitively it makes sense, since swelling and inflammation might be what stimulates bone growth.
I asked my ortho at my last checkup and he said absolutely without a doubt, no question in his mind. Kinda surprising that he didn't mention it on m first visit if its so true.
He had an anecdotal story of a young guy that was sort of an evil kneivel of constant broken bones. His latest break was not healing for several months. After stopping his regimen of 800mg of ibu every 6 hours (clearly they guy was an extreme case of ibu dosage for all his aches and pains) he healed up as expected by the next visit.
An occasional dose should not hurt, but I know a lot of skiers that consider ibu a miracle drug to combat swelling and aches.
When healing a broken bone, you may want to ease up on the ibu.
Smoking is the worst possible thing for bone healing. My ortho said ibu is a distant second.
He also said there are drugs that accelerate bone healing, but they have a side effect of increasing the risk of bone cancer. Said there are probably some elite athletes that take it to get back in the game.
Interesting stuff. Thought I would share if it helps anyone else.What??
06-17-2009, 07:57 PM #2action potential
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Sadly, alcohol is probably not great for bone healing either. Note that most of the relevant studies looked at rats forced to drink alcohol all the time or at alcoholics who have poor nutrition, but still. Probably best to cut down on the sauce when healing.
Alcohol may impair wound repair as well.
06-17-2009, 08:20 PM #3
I wonder how Ibu stacks up against the more "core" painkillers, like Vicodin, Percozet, etc.?
I'd assume they act the same, and not be good for bone healing? Or would they actually be worse, as they have a more profound painkilling effect?
At least with Ibu you keep a clear head, and your bowels don't get all stopped up...
I remember from other threads that Caffeine is bad for healing, and Yoghurt is good (Calcium).
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06-17-2009, 08:22 PM #4
Smoking is the worst for bone healing, or tobacco?Something about the wrinkle in your forehead tells me there's a fit about to get thrown
And I never hear a single word you say when you tell me not to have my fun
It's the same old shit that I ain't gonna take off anyone.
and I never had a shortage of people tryin' to warn me about the dangers I pose to myself.
Patterson Hood of the DBT's
06-17-2009, 08:41 PM #5
Side note: Freshly cut pineapple is good for healing tendon and joint injuries I read the other day.
06-18-2009, 12:21 AM #6
My ortho highly recommends hookers and blow.
Wait, maybe that was my ski maker.I french kissed Kelly Kapowski.
06-18-2009, 01:17 AM #7
06-18-2009, 03:31 AM #8Registered User
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MY U.K. Ortho was very clear: No Ibru, no Asprin. Paracetemol is OK as are morphine derived if pain is bad.
I found that they block me up like concrete so got off those quickly. I'd rather take the pain.
06-18-2009, 05:49 AM #9
06-30-2009, 09:12 PM #10
After I broke my leg my ortho said no ibu. I went without it for 3-4 weeks. After that, the inflammation was so bad that on the advice of my nurse practitioner godmother (who has had a bunch of bone issues herself) I went on 800mg every eight for a week. Helped tremendously. Her rationale was: 1. I'd gotten a good start on the healing; 2. I was using an ortho-prescribed Exogen, which was giving me a serious leg up; 3. Ibu/NSAIDs may hurt somewhat, but not a ton, and the studies (which she had also read) are somewhat inconclusive.
The Exogen is pretty sweet, BTW.
07-01-2009, 12:03 PM #11
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07-01-2009, 03:23 PM #13
Mrs EO found this out the hard way. Her first cervical fusion in 2000 failed primarily due to her taking a max dose of IB daily for months for the pain. Doc never told her not to do that. She had the fusion redone in 2003 after an xray showed she didn't have a solid bone. The surgeon told us the old bone was mush when he pulled it out. Seems she was a real life bobble head. She hasn't used IB since.