Topical analgesics can be effective for these situations. There are many different formulations of
gels, creams, lotions, sprays, patches, etc. and selection is be dependent on efficacy and patient
preference. An example of a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) is diclofenac (Voltaren®).
Diclofenac applied topically can penetrate the skin, enter tissues or joints, and reduce inflammation to
produce a local analgesic effect. Topical NSAIDs are safer than oral versions (ie Advil® or Aleve®) since
they generally have < 10% systemic absorption. They have been proven effective for knee or
hand osteoarthritis and acute sprains or strains.
Menthol, arnica, lidocaine, camphor, salicylates and MSM are also ingredients available as non
prescription rubs. Kalaya Naturals topical pain relief rub is a Canadian product featuring 6 active
ingredients (arnica, eucalyptus, methol, camphor, methyl salicylate & methyl sulfonyl methane). It is
available at our pharmacy. Ask us today for free samples!