Anti-inflammatory drugs commonly used to relieve pain after shoulder surgery may impair healing, new animal research suggests.

Rats that were treated with anti-inflammatory drugs had poorer healing than animals that were not given the drugs, researchers reported Friday at a meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine in Quebec City, Canada.

The findings “should give us pause” about the use of anti-inflammatory drugs in people who have rotator cuff surgery, study investigator Dr. Scott A. Rodeo of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York told Reuters Health in an interview.

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