Muscles, Tissues and Joints Put at Risk
Using a pain relief product to mask your pain increases your risk of damaging your muscles, tissues, and
joints more. It also makes you eligible to become another person suffering from chronic pain.
After a few minutes of taking that pain reliever, your senses have been dulled a little and you feel better
than you did before. You might even convince yourself that you feel good enough to do something,
maybe even exercise. While this is good for you in some ways, in another sense it is risky because some
important signals are no longer getting through to your brain. Therefore, your brain does not know that
it needs to send messages encouraging you to take it easy and prevent yourself from being re-injured.
Muscle and tissues are not like bones when they are injured. If set properly, bones can actually become
stronger after being fractured. Muscles, however, create patches of scar tissue fibers and the damaged
area can become like a weak “link in a chain.” It is highly at risk for re-injury. For the injured muscle to
heal and gain back its strength and flexibility, it is imperative for the muscle to remain aligned and the
muscle fibers to be integrated.
Joints need extra caution when injured as well. If too much stress is put on the injury, more cartilage
damage can occur. This type of damage increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis in later years.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the smooth, shiny cartilage lining the joint deteriorates.
If exercise is encouraged as beneficial to your improvement, I feel like it should be stressed that you
should not try to exercise when you have taken or used a pain relief product. It would be wise to be
fully aware of your body’s signals so that you can stay in tune with yourself and realize when too much is
This is another scenario when masking your pain with relievers is, yet again, costing something and
impacting the chronic pain epidemic.
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