Statistics reveal that close to 50 million Americans are faced with one form of arthritis or the other. This means severe pain around the joints which is not only inconveniencing, but can also hinder active movement especially when it advances to chronic levels. Arthritis which is mainly caused by joint inflammation or friction between bones and depleted cushioning cartilage can be chronic and long lasting.
Short term pain can be treated by ordinary pills and creams. Chronic pain associated with inflammation, especially affecting the nervous system, require specially formulated topical creams that penetrate to the deep tissues for fast and long lasting relief.
Pain Relief Creams vs Oral Pain Pills
The first reaction, when people are faced with pain, is to reach out to the medicine cabinet and take oral pain pills which can be either prescription medicine or over the counter remedies. In as much as oral pain killers have been used to address instances of pain over time, the decision to choose between creams and pills must be influenced by a number of factors. One factor is the type of pain, whether chronic or acute, the location of the source of pain, and the ingredients required to address the pain effectively.
Pain relief creams have always had an upper hand in addressing pain as compared to oral pills. Some of these advantages include:
Localized and Targeted Treatment
The treatment is directly applied to the affected area and this concentrates its effects where it is needed the most. This is in sharp contrast to oral pills which have to be transported through the entire stretch of the bloodstream thereby diluting its effect by the time it reaches the targeted area.
Speedy Relief through Quick Absorption
Whenever a pain relief cream is applied on an inflamed area, its ingredients are absorbed directly into the deeper layers of the tissue. This speeds up the pain relief effect of these ingredients. As a matter of fact, some the best anti-inflammatory creams contain Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). MSM and DMSO help in driving the other active ingredients such as menthol and turmeric to the deeper tissues of the inflamed areas. Since pills have to travel a longer distance through the bloodstream, their effect comes after a relatively longer time.
Very Few (if any) Side Effects
Some pain creams contain turmeric, boswellia, arnica and ginger. These are plant extracts that are natural and have no side effects. This combined with the fact that they are applied directly to the affected area, greatly reduces the chances of these ingredients spreading into the bloodstream. This reduces the risks of side effects. Some of the common effects associated with oral pills include rashes, ulcers, heartburn, nausea, and depression.
Comprehensive Pain Treatment
Pain relief creams are formulated with targeted proportions of ingredients that are effective in treating a wide range of pains. Some of them have pain relief, anti-inflammatory properties as well as the capacity to repair and heal soft tissues including tendons, muscles, ligaments, fascia and cartilage. In addition to arthritis, some of the pain creams can tackle bursitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, knee pain and many more. Oral medication on the other hand is designed to cover up pain. Beyond this its effectiveness diminishes.
Taking your time looking for the most effective pain reliever for your problem can lead to many benefits beyond simple pain relief. Don't just mask the pain - heal the condition.