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How should I treat muscle or joint pain in my child?

When muscle and joint pain arises, some parents will give their kids anti-inflammatory medications before practices or games so they don’t miss any playing time. The problem is, these medications only block the chemical process that produces inflammatory pain, so continuing the activity simply puts more stress on the already-injured tissue. By masking important symptoms, kids run the risk of experiencing more extensive injuries and more time away from the action. Ice is preferable to anti-inflammatories as a first-line treatment for pain after injury or activity.

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