Inflammation Definition

Inflammation is the body's response to injury to vascular tissues. Without inflammation, pathogens and injury would run unchecked, potentially destroying the body. Chronic inflammation, as opposed to acute inflammation, represents a change in the makeup of cells found at the inflamed site.

Because most episodes of back pain have inflammation as a contributing factor, anti-inflammatory medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often effective treatment options.

The type of NSAID recommended will usually depend on a number of factors, including the patient's diagnosis, clinical situation and level of pain, individual risk factors, and the patient's past experience with particular medications.