Pain Relief Patches
Topical pain relief patches have become an increasingly popular way to manage aches and pains. But do these medicated patches work? Let’s take a look at the evidence behind transdermal pain relief.
How Do Pain Relief Patches Work?
Pain relief patches contain ingredients like menthol, capsaicin, lidocaine, diclofenac, and more. These active ingredients penetrate through the skin and into the affected tissues and nerves underneath. This provides localized pain relief directly where the patch is applied.
The transdermal delivery method allows the medicinal ingredients to bypass the digestive system and liver. This means pain patches can act faster and more potent than oral pain medication.
Evidence That Pain Patches Are Effective
Numerous studies validate the efficacy of popular OTC and prescription pain patch ingredients:
Lidocaine patches** are proven to significantly reduce localized neuropathic pain from post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles) and diabetic neuropathy.
Capsaicin patches** containing chili pepper extract effectively reduce nerve pain and arthritis pain when applied to the skin.
Diclofenac patches** applied over joints impacted by osteoarthritis or soft tissue injuries effectively decrease inflammation and pain.
Menthol patches** create a cooling sensation that provides temporary relief for back pain, joint pain, arthritis pain, and more.
Real-World Examples of Pain Relief Patches Success
In practice, many patients report excellent results using pain relief patches:
Patches help reduce reliance on oral NSAIDs that can cause gut issues.
Patches allow controlled, continuous delivery of medication right to the pain site.
Patients get simple, mess-free pain relief without bulky creams or messy gels.
For arthritis sufferers, patients can target specific painful joints** with patches.
People with injury-related nerve pain find that patches deliver fast-acting, localized relief.
Combining patches with other modalities like heating pads or ice provides even greater pain alleviation.
The Takeaway: Yes, Pain Patches Tend to Work Well
With proven ingredients delivered efficiently to pain sites, medicated adhesive patches are an effective option worth trying for many types of localized aches and pains. Just be sure to use as directed and consult a doctor if the pain persists.