oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Managing common sport injuries in the pharmacy : review

Volume 81, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Pharmacists are often approached for advice on common sport injuries, such as sprains and strains. Although some injuries may be managed with rest, ice, compression and elevation, as well as treatment with local or oral anti-inflammatory drugs, others, such as head injuries and fractures, can be serious. They may need referral for further assessment. The extent of the contribution of the inflammatory response to the healing process is currently unknown, but has led some to question the use of ice and anti-inflammatory drugs to suppress this physiological response. Evidence to support this theory is still insufficient and needs further exploration. Short-term treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs or paracetamol, in combination with nonpharmacological management, is still recommended for most commonly occurring sport injuries.

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