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Should I take advil before cycling?

Probably not.   Gretchen Reynolds from the New York Times  highlighted a potential problem in athletics in her blog titled For Athletes, Risks From Ibuprofen Use.  This article highlighted a recent study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in December 2012 Volume 44, Issue 12 title Aggravation of Exercise-Induced Intestinal Injury by Ibuprofen in Athletes showed Ibuprofen (ie Advil) had negative effects on gastrointestinal function specifically small intestinal injury when taken prior to and after an hour of intense cycling.  Follow this link for the full free article on Ibuprofen and Cycling.
Athletes have been known to take pain medications to improve participation in sports in an effort to decrease overall inflammation. Ironically it has also been cited that overall inflammation increases with using Ibuprofen, before competition, in a study done on ultramarathoners.
In addition bone, muscle, tendon and ligament healing has been shown to be slowed by the use of many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID).  This article is only addressing the negative aspects of prophylaxis use of ibuprofen.
On the contrary the use of ibuprofen following an injury is a well accepted practice by our referring physicians in the paramus area.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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