Pain relievers can cover up injuries

HOUSTON’If over-the-counter pain-relievers are becoming part of your exercise routine, you’re overdoing it. “Some people take these medications everyday to treat muscle aches and pains associated with exercise,” said Dr. John Cianca, a sports medicine expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “They may give some temporary pain relief, but the medications are actually covering up something that’s wrong in the body.” “If something hurts for three or more consecutive days, or on a frequent basis, it’s best to see a doctor for an injury diagnosis,” said Cianca. “It could avoid more problems in the long run,” he said.

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