Topical painkillers (those you apply to your skin) may offer relief when your joints or muscles are painful. You can find many different over-the-counter products for topical pain relief at your local drugstore. These are, however, are milder in strength and there are prescription-strength topical agents available that can be prescribed by your doctor.
What We Do:
Topical painkillers or analgesics are rubbed on, sprayed on, or can be applied as patches onto your skin over your painful muscles or joints. The goal is to bring pain relief and help patients manage their pain.
Benefits of Using Topical Agents For Pain Management
One great benefit of using topical agents is they are much more precise than just orally taking pain medication. They are applied directly over the painful joint or muscles and produce localized pain relieving results. Compared to oral medication, which are absorbed through your digestive and circulatory systems, topical agents only affect specific body parts and not your bod as a whole.
Fast Pain Relief
Topical agents generally react faster than oral medication because oral medication needs to be absorbed via your circulatory system, while topical pain relievers are absorbed by your skin. For example, if you apply it to a joint that is close to your skin's surface like your elbows or knees the topical agent is absorbed relatively faster than oral medication.
Safer For Your Internal Organs
Topical pain relievers are utilized transdermally which prevents the negative side effects that come with taking oral pain medication. Oral pain medication can cause negative side effects in your digestive system, liver, kidneys, and stomach. Also, topical treatments reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems and gastric distress that long term oral medication may bring.
Reduces Your Risk of Drug Tolerance
When taking medications for pain over an extended period of time your body develops a tolerance which then reduces the effectiveness of the drug. Instead of increasing the oral dosage (which can grow increasingly harmful for your body) using topical pain relievers can be a better alternative.
Types of Topical Pain Relievers
Here are some of the different types of topical agents that are used for pain management.
Other topical NSAIDs
Atlas Pain Specialists has a policy regarding the prescribing of controlled substances. Each patient will be evaluated on an individualized basis and some may not be a candidate for chronic opiate therapy.
In order to protect your health, patients are monitored closely for possible addiction, abuse, and diversion. This monitoring may include follow-up office visits, urine drug screening, and the sharing of medical records between your physicians and your pharmacies.
Atlas Pain Specialists reserves the right to determine if we will take over the prescribing of controlled substances from other providers on a case by case basis.
Patients should not expect to receive a prescription for a controlled substance at your first visit.
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