Pain affects more than 30 percent of people in the U.S., which is more than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. The most common types of pain includes joint, muscle and back pain.
If you suffer from back, joint or muscle pain, take note. Due to the risks associated with common pain relief treatments – including over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which can put patients at a higher risk for drug interactions and complications – natural medicines and therapies are becoming more widely used to treat common forms of pain. In fact, nearly 40 percent of adults use these types of natural medicines and alternative remedies, and more doctors are using them too, by combining them with traditional treatments for pain, as part of the practice of integrative medicine.
Let’s examine the benefits and research of an ointment called Traumeel. In a recent study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism conference and published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, Traumeel’s effectiveness was verified in a clinical study “TAASS” in Spain. Traumeel topical has not been associated with the type of side effects linked with NSAID use, like increased risk of ulcers and stomach bleeding, and is safe to use for more than 10 days.
A leading Osteopathic physician, Dr. Steven Sampson, says that Traumeel, which includes 12 natural ingredients found in nature, may help with pain relief of minor muscle, joint and back pain. In addition to using it as an ointment, speak to a doctor about Traumeel injections.
Dr. Steven Sampson, D.O. is an internationally recognized expert in non-surgical orthopedics and regenerative medicine and commonly treats professional and Olympic athletes. He is also a clinical instructor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and on staff at St. John’s Health Center of Santa Monica, CA.
What are other forms of alternative treatments and medicines to relieve joint, back and muscle pain? Dr. Sampson suggestsacupuncture and massage can promote good blood flow and circulation, which aids in healing. However depending on the nature of injury, these treatments may complement a more comprehensive plan. Gentle exercises like Pilates, Yoga, tai chi and indoor swimming also promote movement and postural stability, which can help make you feel better, and these types of exercises can be customized based on your needs.
What does this mean for those suffering from joint, muscle and back pain? Dr. Sampson suggests that with an epidemic of increased disease upon us, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, we need to rely more on natural based solutions that help patients with their pain, instead of invasive treatments, harmful NSAIDs and steroids.