Q Could the use of statins increase my risk of getting a musculoskeletal injury?
There are many medications out there today that claim to help one area but bring a host of other risks along with it. There has been recent concern that the use of statins may be linked to musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
What are statins?
Statins are a type of drug typically used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular illness. Studies that compared statin users to non-statin users found that 87 percent of patients on statins for ninety days or longer complained of muscle pain, muscle injuries and joint problems such as arthritis. Thirty-five percent of patients experienced strains, sprains and dislocations as well. Past studies also linked the drug to rhabdomyolysis, a rare condition where muscles simply waste away.
Many patients with diabetes and cardiovascular problems take this type of drug to manage their health. While it may not be recommended that you avoid statins altogether for health reasons, talk to Harvey R. Danciger, podiatrist in Coachella Valley, about the potential musculoskeletal risks as well. Contact his office today to schedule an appointment.