TEST EXAMPLE ARTICLE - Back Pain Relief Cream and Other Topical Treatments

Medically reviewed by Beth Holloway, RN, M. Ed
February 28th, 2020

Title: Back pain relief cream and other topical treatments 

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Back pain relief topical treatments approved by experts:

 

  • Aspercreme Maximum Strength Pain Relieving Cream

  • IcyHot Extra Strength Pain Relieving Cream

  • Salonpas Deep Pain Relieving Gel

  • Wellpatch Warming Pain Relief Patch

 

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Section 1: Intro

 

Back pain is one of the most common conditions that people struggle with on a global basis.  It can happen for many reasons. Poor posture or more serious conditions--such as a herniated disk -can cause you discomfort.

If you are looking for immediate relief, back pain topical treatments might be a great option for you. They come in many forms, such as gels, creams, ointments, balms, drops, or patches.

 

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Topical treatments are absorbed through the skin.Although there are a variety of choices, pain relief topicals usually work in one of three ways:

 

1. By distracting you from pain.

2. By blocking pain signals from reaching the brain.

3. By numbing the area and reducing inflammation or swelling.

 

Topical solutions have also been demonstrated to be associated with fewer side effects (specifically gastrointestinal reactions) than oral NSAIDS.

 

Here are some of our favorite ingredients found in back pain creams, as well as some examples

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Lidocaine

Products containing lidocaine target deep, neuropathic pain.

 

How it works:

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic. This means that it provides pain relief to the area where it’s applied. Lidocaine actually blocks pain signals from the nerves.

When lidocaine is applied to the back, it temporarily numbs the area. It is an ingredient in some products, like patches, creams, or sprays. One brand name is Aspercreme. Products with lidocaine should not be applied to the skin with a cut, scrape, or other open area.

Asperecreme’s Maximum Strength Pain Relieving Cream

Why we recommend it: *quote from the medical team

 

How to use Aspercreme Maximum Strength Pain Relieving Cream:

  1. Apply a thin layer to the desired area every six to eight hours. 

  2. Do not use the cream more than three times in 24 hours.

  3. Do not apply products with lidocaine to any open wounds.

  4. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a doctor before using products with lidocaine.

 

Counterirritants: Menthol & Camphor

 

Menthol: overview

Menthol is the ingredient in mint plants. It may provide natural pain relief when applied to the skin. 

 

BioFreeze Pain Relief 360 Spray

 

How it works:

 Menthol is part of a group called counterirritants. Counterirritants work by disturbing nerve endings in such a way that they may block pain signals from reaching the brain. When applied to the skin, menthol also creates a cooling effect, which may soothe sore muscles. 

 

Why we recommend it: (quote from medical team)

 

How to use BioFreeze Pain Relief 360 Spray:

  1. Apply to the affected area not more than four times daily. 

  2. Never apply the product to broken skin.

  3. Do not bandage or wrap the skin after using the medication.

  4. Avoid heat and sunlight during usage.

 

Camphor

From the wood of the camphor laurel tree, camphor is a medicinal plant that has been used for centuries.How it works:

When compher is absorbed into the skin, it appears to stimulate nerve endings that ease symptoms of pain and itching. 

 

Salonpas Deep Pain Relieving Gel

Why we recommend it:

(Quote from medical team.)

 

How to use Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel:

  1. Clean and dry the desired area.

  2. Apply a dime-sized amount to the area of pain, but no more than three to four times a day.

  3. Seek medical attention right away if you have signs of a severe allergic reaction after using camphor, such as severe burning, irritation, or itching

 

Methyl Salicylate

Methyl Salicylate is made of wintergreen oil from various plants. 

 

IcyHot Extra Strength Pain Relieving Cream

How it works:

Icy Hot Pain Relieving Cream contains two active ingredients - methyl salicylate and menthol. You may come across a lot of topical products with a combination of menthol and methyl salicylate. The two ingredients provide for efficient pain relief when mixed together in a solution.

 

How to use IcyHot Pain Relieving Cream:

  1. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply any type of salicylate.

  2. Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub it in until it is absorbed.

  3. You can use salicylate topicals up to four times a day or as instructed by the product packaging.

  4. Stop using the product immediately and seek medical attention if there is any severe burning, irritation, or blistering.

  5. Do not cover the affected area with a bandage or heat wrap as doing so may increase any sensations from the product.

  6. Avoid contact with face and eyes. Wash hands immediately after using this product.

  7. Avoid applying salicylate topical medications before or after bathing.

 

Capsaicin 

Capsaicin is the active ingredient found in chili peppers that gives them their infamous kick. You might not know that it has an awesome medicinal use, too.

 

How it works:

When you put capsaicin on your skin, it seems to activate specific nerve receptors, although the mechanism is not yet fully understood. Products with capsaicin can help to treat many conditions, including back pain.

 

Wellpatch Warming Pain Relief Patch

Why we recommend it: (quote from medical team)

 

How to use Wellpatch Warming Pain Relief Patch:

1. Open pouch to activate warming patch.

2. Remove protective film.

3. Apply the patch to the pain site, the adhesive (sticky) side towards the skin. 

4. You can also place the adhesive side towards clothing if you have sensitive skin

5. For best results, apply to clean, dry skin free of oils or lotions.

6. Do not use if you are allergic to chili peppers.

7. Discontinue use if there are any other adverse skin reactions after application. 

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Conclusion:

 

Topical solutions such as creams, salves, patches, and drops can serve as great alternatives to oral pain medication. 

 

Here at Goodpath, we're here to find you a solution to your pain. Our medical team recommends specific products backed by science and tested for effectiveness. 

 

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