Review Article

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) and physiotherapy - a selective review

P. van der Bijl, R. de Jager, C. M.M. Nel
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 58, No 4 | a222 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v58i4.222 | © 2002 P. van der Bijl, R. de Jager, C. M.M. Nel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 January 2002 | Published: 13 January 2002

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P. van der Bijl, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
R. de Jager, Physiotherapy Students, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
C. M.M. Nel, Physiotherapy Students, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

This paper presents a selective review on the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs,which form the mainstay of treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions, may facilitate the efficacy of and compliance with physiotherapy treatment.  Their mechanisms of action, adverse effects, various routes of administration, eg systemic versus topical, and the role that these drugs may play in physiotherapy practice  are discussed.

Keywords

non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids); physiotherapy practice

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