In many cases, the best thing you can do to help a patient recover from a musculoskeletal-related injury, or decrease the likelihood of an injury occurring in the first place, is to get the patient moving and condition proper biomechanics.
Topical analgesics are a great way to slightly reduce the pain signal so your patients can make it through their rehab exercises or just get out for a walk.
Now the pain signal is obviously important, so we don’t want patients ignoring the information their bodies are trying to share with them. But with many conditions, a topical analgesic is a much safer and healthier option to reduce pain and increase movement.
Here are a few suggestions to help explain and discuss topical analgesics with patients . . .
PAIN GATE THEORY
Pain happens when your receptors send a signal from the source of pain to your brain. Cold sensations, like menthol, stimulate receptors to block those signals to relieve pain.
POWERED BY MENTHOL
Menthol stimulates cold receptors that create a cooling sensation on and under your skin, helping to relieve pain. The Biofreeze formula has optimized the ideal menthol concentration.
PROVEN TO WORK
Contrary to popular belief, ice doesn’t reduce swelling, but it does reduce pain. Biofreeze induces the exact same response as ice, only faster. You’re also less likely to experience stiffness, skin irritation, temporary pain and numbness, and the inactivity required during application as you would with ice.
EASIER TO USE
Also, Biofreeze is easier to apply than having to deal with melting ice or keeping ice packs cool.
SAFER PAIN RELIEF
Applying Biofreeze directly to the skin can bring targeted and effective pain relief without the risks that come with an oral pill.
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