Topical pain management has become a popular approach to treating localized pain. Whether the pain is due to arthritis, muscle trauma, neuropathic issues, or a host of other possible causes, the topical pain approach can be very beneficial. The initial advantage of localized topical pain management was to minimize systemic distribution of opioids and other systemically acting analgesics to minimize their adverse effects. However, the utilization of various oral nutritional agents, along with the topically applied agents, can significantly improve overall pain management.
Pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be debilitating as the joints begin to lose the spongy cartilage that protects the bones from rubbing against each other. Topical agents have proven helpful for localized arthritic pain. However, oral agents such as glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and hyaluronic acid have been shown to actually contribute to restoring the sponginess of the joint cartilage, something that topical agents alone cannot do. The unique formulation of Ultimate Joint Complex is an excellent oral adjunct for this type of pain. Combinations of certain herbal agents are well-established in the medical literature for their effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects for a wide range of pain challenges. Curcumin, such as is found in Curcumin Complex, or the combination of boswellia, turmeric and devil’s claw found in InflamMove can significantly improve outcomes in topical pain management. Even chronic problems, such as migraine headaches, can see improved management by the prophylactic usage of natural products, such as those found in Migraine Clear.
Pain from sports injury or any other type of trauma can be treated with a combination of topical pain creams and focused nutritional support, such as the InflamMove and Curcumin Complex mentioned previously. Neo40 Pro, with its enhanced vasodilatory effect, can help to improve healing and blood flow into injured muscles and minimize lactic acid build-up in the injured or overused muscle.
Neuropathic pain is always challenging to treat. However, incorporating oral nutritional support along with a topical cream approach, will greatly expedite remission and improve outcomes. Inflamed, hyperactive nerves are one of the major signs of neuropathic pain. Studies have shown that Acetyl-l-carnitine can positively impact nerve pain using multiple mechanisms of action. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) 300 mg is another nutritional supplement with a documented track record for treating neuropathy. A unique approach to addressing nerve pain is to enhance body stores of the essential neural antioxidant, glutathione. The combination of glutathione found in Liposomal Glutathione 250 mg along with methylcobalamin found in Methyl B-12 Lozenges 3,000 mcg can help to improve nerve function and protect the nerve cell from additional damage.
When attempting to manage pain and improve outcomes in pain patients, it is important to look past simple localized cream application and consider the utilization of appropriate nutritional supplements to support underlying, muscle, nerve and cellular aspects that also have a role in creating the perception of pain.