You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional. Worldwide, lower back pain causes more impairment than any other condition.¹ But don’t despair.
Most people start to get better within just a few weeks.² And there are plenty of treatments that can help during this time, so you can stay active and get on with life as normal. Lower back pain is when you feel the pain in the part of your back between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your legs.² The pain may be a dull, constant ache or a sudden, sharp pain that makes it difficult to move around.³ You might find that the pain is worse in the morning compared to at night, and it may ease, or get worse, when you move into different positions. Lower back pain may be acute, where your symptoms last less than three months, or (less often) it can become chronic if they last longer than this.
More often than not, you pull your back from something like lifting furniture or twisting awkwardly; the pain isn’t from any underlying disease, but risk factors like obesity and physical inactivity also play a key role. The medical term for this is non-specific back pain.² If you injure your back in this way, the soft tissues become inflamed.
The best approach to dealing with back pain is usually to keep moving, so you don’t stiffen up and prolong your symptoms.² Doctors often prescribe exercise as a treatment for lower back pain.² You can do exercises at home too, which may help to ease your symptoms. Voltaren Emerged is a topical medicine that works in three ways: it relieves pain, reduces inflammation and helps speed recovery. It helps bring targeted, local relief for pain and swelling (inflammation) in the back and neck.¹² , ¹³ The active ingredient in Voltaren is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called diclofenac.
Diclofenac works to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis (substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation). By reducing their amounts, diclofenac helps to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. In partnership with your pharmacist or doctor, you can treat your pain to help you get back on track for the active life you want.
Continuous low-level heat wrap therapy for treating acute nonspecific low back pain. ¹² Prefer HG et al. Efficacy and safety of diclofenac dimethylamine 1.16% gel in acute neck pain : A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
It is generally safe to use topical Voltaren gel, but there are package warnings for groups who should avoid using this product. As with NSAIDs you take by mouth, Voltaren gel treats the joint pain, stiffness and swelling caused by osteoarthritis.
You should not use Voltaren gels to treat muscle pain in other areas of the body, such as the lower back. The Voltaren gel OTC packaging includes a card that shows how to measure a 2-gram or 4-gram dose of the product.
Never wrap the affected joint with a bandage or any sort of covering after applying Voltaren gel, as the added heat can cause your body to absorb more of the medicine than is safe. Diclofenac is a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which means it can cause sudden, serious bleeding.
Using Voltaren gel in higher-than-specified doses or applying it more often than indicated can increase your risk of severe complications, such as stroke, heart attack, or sudden, uncontrollable gastrointestinal bleeding. When used appropriately, Voltaren gel can ease your osteoarthritis joint pain and help you enjoy an active lifestyle.
Voltaren gel is a prescription topical anti-inflammatory gel used for all kinds of arthritis pain : rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and osteoarthritis of the knees, hands and hips. People who have stomach issues from taking anti-inflammatories by mouth can bypass that problem with Voltaren gel.
Voltaren Gel is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, commonly known as NSAIDs. It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Voltaren Topical Gel is used to treat joint pain in the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, or feet caused by osteoarthritis. The only proven use for this product appears to be pain in the knees from osteoarthritis.
I've had continuing pain in my left wrist since having a surgery about 12 months ago. My doctor prescribed Voltaren Gel to try, and I've been using it for the past 30 days with little relief.
Have any of you used Diclofenac or Voltaren Gel for relief from general pain on thighs, etc. It is very common in Europe and other parts of the works and is actually sold over the counter.
Nothing has helping it's been 10 months now and it's not going away I am very worried as to what is causing the pain because the doctors find everything normal and send me back home. I just received a new medication from a spine orthopedic specialist yesterday that is called Voltaren Gel.
It is an anti-inflammatory gel that you rub on the painful joint due to osteoarthritis but my physician told me that it is helpful for the inflamed nerve root in my lumbar spine due to disc compression. So, speak with your doctor, of course, but would advise not to use these together based on the provided information.
My wife has pain terrible in upper arm and elbow and tingling in all fingers, sometimes. I also suffer with chronic back pain for which I use a topical pain cream.
Hence, this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line, and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem. I'm scheduled for surgery in a week- permanent spinal cord stimulator.
I've been told to stop the Voltaren gel because it's a NSAID medication. Now I am aware that some of these muscles haven't been used in a long time but here it is February, and I am till having pain behind both knees, and it doesn't stop.
You can also put some Voltaren gel on your neck/shoulder area where the muscle pain is. Are back creams, /lotions/ gel that have glucosamine and capsicum good for back pain, can they be used all the time, back, not like they have a drug in it, but does research show these creams like Capsicum help with back pain.
I use them often, and they do take you mind away from the pain as they heat up your back for a period of time. The podiatrist put her on crutches for two weeks along with Voltaren gel 2x daily and contrast soaks.
Nothing worked till we started to do that plus soaking her foot in Epsom salts. She felt no pain for over a week, so the doc released her and said she could go back to normal activity.
If you suffer from arthritis or other types of pain, you're probably all too familiar with drugs such as aspirin, Alive, and Naproxen. But there is another related drug, available by prescription, you might want to talk with your doctor about: diclofenac, available as a gel, patch, or drop that you apply directly to your skin.
“They can be an alternative for people who cannot tolerate the potential side effects of oral NSAIDs,” Abitur adds. And that may translate into a reduced risk of some side effects linked to oral NSAIDs, notably heart attack, stroke, and gastrointestinal bleeding, though additional research is needed to confirm those potential benefits.
Similarly, a 2006 review of four randomized trials found that topical diclofenac reduced knee pain due to osteoarthritis and was generally well tolerated. With topical NSAIDs, the most common side effect is skin irritation, such as dryness and itching, at the application site.
Also don’t use topical son any areas of the body where you have an open wound or broken skin, even a scratch. If you develop severe itching, redness, swelling or any other signs of a worsening skin reaction, contact your doctor.
Editor's Note: This article and related materials are made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program, which is funded by the multistate settlement of consumer-fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin (gabapentin).