Sure it's safer than Oxycontin, but it has its own unwanted side effects
Millions of Americans take handfuls of over the counter anti-inflammatories on a daily basis. I would guess that most don't once consider that there is anything unsafe or unwanted in effect from that Ibuprofen (or aspirin, Aleve, Tylenol, etc).
After all, it's over the counter, so it's gotta be safe, right?
No! Not always.
Particularly in my field of Regenerative Injection Therapies, I talk a lot about someone's use (dependency maybe) on these medications, called NSAIDs as a group.
Not only do most of them interfere with the actual injection procedure and immediately thereafter with the healing process, they are not good for you long term! They are not benign and I never want my patients to gain benefit from Prolotherapy or Platelet Therapy/ PRP and go on to continue taking (a smaller) handful of NSAIDs on an on-going basis.
Why? Because they undermine the exact healing processes that the injections are seeking to stimulate. They interfere with stem cell activity, therefore interfere with new growth of cartilage, ligaments, joints, whatever connective tissue it is that we are seeking to repair.
Here is a great article from a colleague, talking more about this with primary research links. Suffice to say, make a game plan to change your medication routine if it involves a daily dose of Ibuprofen, Aleve or Tylenol - for the long-term health of your body.