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Topical pain relief

topical pain relief and compoundingIf you can’t take anti-inflammatory medications or narcotics then see why topical pain relief medications are for you.

In today’s age of medicine, oral medications are an accepted way of life.  Patients have a problem or a disease and the first answer of most physicians are “here’s a prescription for a pill that will help you.”  Let me tell you, in most, not all medical situations, a pill is not the answer.  Especially when it comes to pain relief.  Compounding is basically taking 1 or more drugs and turning them into a topical or cream form that can penetrate through the skins surface and provide a therapeutic benefit for topical pain relief or many other disease treatments.  We will focus on topical pain relief in this page, but compounding has many more benefits:

  • topical pain relief
  • RSD/CPRS (complex regional pain syndrome)
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post surgical pain
  • diabetic neuropathy
  • sports injury
  • Neuralgia and nerve related pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • shingles
  • phantom limb pain
  • knee pain
  • wound care
  • warts
  • PVD/PAD/ poor circulation
  • Physical therapy (phonophoresis)
  • Fungal toenails
  • Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet)
  • dry skin
  • gout
  • keloids (scars)
  • hormone therapy (Testosterone and Estrogen)

In a normal situation, you might think that you can just crush a pill and mix it with an ointment and rub it into the skin, but it’s not that simple.  At an approved compounding pharmacy, they use FDA approved ingredients and formulate the prescription from the physician, add a special base such as PLO or Lipoderm to the mixture which allows the medications to penetrate through the skin (epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis) which leads to the nerves and blood supply of the body.

Why use topical pain relief medications over pills?

  • It avoids the stomach or the GI system, thus decreasing the chance of stomach ulcers or other severe side-effects.
  • It’s easy to use, just rub it in the skin 2-4 times a day.
  • Allows patients to take a more proactive view on there health.
  • There are many more options and ways to help, see above list of diseases and pain relief symptoms that topicals can help with.
  • They are safe and effective, not as much drug will be absorbed into the blood stream as would a pill.  Very helpful in patients that have narcotic dependence and can’t take strong pain medications.

How to get topical pain relief medications?

You will need to contact your nearest physician that is educated on topical pain relief medications and has experience with compounding.  The physician at Arch City Foot & Ankle, has more than 6 years of experience with prescribing topical compounds.  You will need to have a complete evaluation and the doctor will provide you information to see if you qualify for the topical pain relief medication.  Not all insurance companies will pay for these medications, but we will be happy to help you.