Head for the pills?

Runner's World (UK) - - Inflamation -

Af­ter a hard run, it’s OK to ex­pe­ri­ence mus­cle ten­der­ness, sore­ness and even tem­po­rary mus­cle swelling. Un­der most cir­cum­stances, ex­perts rec­om­mend let­ting this nat­u­ral process run its course with­out in­ter­fer­ence. ‘Tak­ing non­s­teroidal anti-in­flam­ma­tory drugs (NSAIDS) can blunt train­ing adap­ta­tions,’ says sports medicine spe­cial­ist Dr Rob Nied. But there are some ex­cep­tions to the rule:

> You ran your goal race and are very sore. Take an ice bath and an anti-in­flam­ma­tory tablet if you want to. Do­ing so at this point won't dis­rupt your train­ing gains (train­ing’s done... for now, any­way).

> You twisted your an­kle and have vis­i­ble red­ness and swelling or se­vere sore­ness. Ap­ply ice and con­sider tak­ing an NSAID for two or three days to treat an acute in­jury.

> Your plan­tar fasci­itis or Achilles tendi­nosis is flar­ing up again. For a chronic overuse in­jury, you may need to take an­ti­in­flam­ma­to­ries for seven to 10 days. If you’re still in pain af­ter that, make an ap­point­ment to see a phys­io­ther­a­pist.

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