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Whenever you have a little ache or pain it's important to know the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before you conveniently reach for them. These drugs are commonly referred to as painkillers or anti-inflamatories (ie. Ibuprofen, Advil) and taken in high doses and/or prolonged use can have negative effects on your gastrointestinal (GI) and renal system (such as GI bleeding and nephrotic syndrome).

If you take NSAIDs before exercise you may cause more damage to the affected area because you block the pain that would normally be telling your body to take it easy. Reducing your training load and intensity, or taking a rest, to allow an injury to heal is best for your long-term health and performance.

Obviously you have to check by a doctor or physical therapist (PT) that you don't have a (stress)fracture or any other severe injury that needs to heal first. A good PT will diagnose the underlying problem (so you don't make the same mistake), treat the injury and give you exercises to strengthen a weakness.

Therefore we recommend as a progressive strategy you perform specific exercises several times a day, even if you still feel a slight pain!

Do more, not less!

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