- Talk with your doctor about how to manage the pain. Do not take any pain medication that your doctor has not prescribed. Do not take anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) because these medications slow bone healing.
- Take your pain medication as soon as you need it. Don't wait for the pain to get too bad.
Joseph H Nour, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
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