Topical anti-inflammatories for acute musculoskeletal conditions

  • Jacqueline van Schoor Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: topical anti-inflammatories, acute musculoskeletal conditions


Acute pain is often associated with injury, including musculoskeletal injuries such as strains and sprains and over-use injuries, or soft tissue injuries like muscle soreness or cramps. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for the treatment of acute pain. They reversibly inhibit cyclo-oxygenases (COX), the enzymes involved in the production of prostaglandins which, among many other functions, play an important role in inflammation and pain perception.

Author Biography

Jacqueline van Schoor, Amayeza Information Centre
BSc(Hons), MPharm, Amayeza Information Centre
Musculoskeletal Health