Study: Ibuprofen Could Help With Fracture Recovery

Tim Watt  |  July 24, 2012
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A new study has found that seniors who take ibuprofen after a bone fracture may recover more quickly, according to researchers from the University of Granada.

The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, focused on the osteoblast cells of patients who had recently broken a bone. Osteoblast cells play a major role in the the formation and regeneration of bones, helping fractures heal quickly.

Ibuprofen belongs to a family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs), which in the past have been shown to interfere with osteoblasts. However, researchers found that this was not the case with ibuprofen specifically, and the drug may actually help patients recover from a fracture. The group noted that this is only true for therapeutic dose levels of ibuprofen, and issues could arise when higher doses are given.

Seniors may be at an increased risk for falls and suffering a fracture, especially if they live on their own. This is why many caregivers decide to look into senior care communities, where trained staff can monitor the residents closely and ensure no mishaps occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for people over the age of 65.

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