Your body naturally puts up a defence around injuries to protect the area from the threat of a foreign body. This defence is usually in the form of inflammation which can cause pain, pressure and discomfort. Anti-inflammatories and cold packs applied to the skin can help temporarily reduce inflammation and pain. Anti-inflammatories are not a means of solving a problem, instead they aid temporary reprieve from pain and discomfort. Prolonged use of pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories can cause gastrointestinal side affects such as upset stomach, indigestion and ulcers. Aim to see your doctor and Stafford chiropractor as soon as possible reducing the need for pharmaceutical medication use.