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Relieving arthritis pain using Voltaren Gel®
Are you having joint pain, stiffness and trouble moving around? You may be facing arthritis. No need to worry. This is a very common disorder as more than 50 million adults in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and the number is rising to be as high as 78 million probably by 2040. Most common types of arthritis worldwide are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatic arthritis but there are more than 100 different types diagnosed so far.
Common symptoms of arthritis include joint ache, stiffness, redness and swelling in and around one or more joints. These symptoms occur gradually with time or sometimes suddenly. If not managed early, the joint can be damaged internally leading to permanent disabilities. Certain kinds of arthritis can even affect internal organs like eyes and skin. The pain slowly increases with time and you will find simple day to day activities becoming difficult. This pain is commonly worse during mornings. Considering treatments early is key to managing this condition as if untreated for long it can lead to permanent disabilities as around 18 percent of total disabilities in the US are caused by untreated arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the commonest type around the world and common in elderly individuals. There are cartilages at the ends of our long bones and with age and excess use they tend to wear off. Bones become rubbing each other ultimately causing a reaction (inflammation) thus resulting Osteoarthritis. Risk factors are positive family history, elderly age, and previous joint injuries. Osteoarthritis can be easily prevented through an active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding injury and repeated movements. Second most common type is the Rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity means when our body attacks our own normal cells by mistake. This can affect any joint but commonly wrist and finger joints. However causes for RA are not found yet.
How can Voltaren Gel® help?
Voltaren Gel is an FDA approved topical skin gel used to relieve arthritis pain. It contains diclofenac dietyloamoniowa which is a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent) and the main ingredient in Voltaren pills. Voltaren can be used effectively to reduce mild to moderate joint pain and other symptoms of Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis. This clinically proven revolutionary gel is not like most others in the market as it relieves both muscle and joint pain without causing skin irritation.
‘Inflammation’ is the main culprit in all types of arthritis so using an anti-inflammatory can alleviate the associated symptoms. The main ingredient ‘diclofenac’ becomes absorbed into your skin first and then diffuses to surrounding tissues ultimately reaching the desired target. It efficiently inhibits ‘prostaglandin synthesis’ which is involved in causing inflammation thereby reducing prostaglandin levels in the peripheral tissues. However, the mechanism of the gel is not completely understood but still, numerous clinical studies bear witness to the efficacy of this miraculous gel.
Why the Gel? Oral medications almost always yield systemic effects and if you want to avoid them Gel is the solution as the gel only works in the area of application. Oral diclofenac comes with a bunch of side effects like nausea, upset stomach, heartburn, constipation and sometimes hypertension (elevated blood pressure). So need to avoid systemic effects? The gel is the solution.
Gel is ideal for,
- Older than 65 years : if you are older than 65 years you should not use pills due to the heart risk caused by oral NSAIDS.
- Those who want to avoid pills and their nasty systemic effects.
- Smaller joint arthritis: Ex, finger joints
- Osteoarthritic knee pain.
- Alleviating Rheumatoid arthritis pain.
Nevertheless, people with allergies for diclofenac must not use the gel for obvious reasons. Due to the lack of studies, it is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation also. Those who are currently under Voltaren pill should use the Gel with caution as it can cause overdosage.
All drugs have their pros and cons, however, it is up to us to choose the most beneficial and less risky treatments just like Voltaren Gel®.