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Best topical pain relieving strategy for muscle pain.

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  • Best topical pain relieving strategy for muscle pain.

    And if it is economical that is a plus.

  • #2
    I can't remember the name of them, but they are topical pain patches that you can buy over the counter. I've used them in the past for fibrmyalgia/rheumatoid arthritis flares, and they work pretty well. They can be found at pretty much any store.


    • #3
      Ditto on the licocaine patches for quick relief (Salonpas, Doans), but for longer term healing of muscle strain and pain, Arnica is a great help. There's also something called Traumeel which has Arnica and other ingredients that my doctor swears by. Feel better!
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      • #4
        I mainly use Asper-creme.

        Arnica and Traumheel are also good, but be sure not to put them on an open cut.


        • #5
          Arnica gel is great for muscle pain, sprains, bruises. Do not use on an open wound/cut. For best results, apply immediately then 3 to 4 times a day. You can find Arnicare gel (by Boiron) for about $6 at Target.

          In a pinch you can also use your horse's Sore No More

          For back muscle relief I also use a heat pad filled with lavender & rice that I can heat up in the microwave. Heaven on sore muscles.

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          • Original Poster

            I'm doing better now but my upper back had been sore on either side of my spinal cord. I little harder to get to then lower back. I am also so fortunate as to have a massage pad that really helps when my back is sore!


            • #7
              I highly recommend Bengay Extra Strength applied to your back with a spatula. I have a huge collection of topical analgesics. I've tried them all! I saw a 2-pack of Bengay at Costco and almost passed on it because I figured why waste more money on products that don't help much. Bengay is now in my top three and my go-to when I have back muscles flare up because the effects of Bengay last a long time for me.

              My reviews of other products:
              Bengay Extra Strength - In my Top 3.
              Icy Hot Spray - In my Top 3 because it works well, lasts a long time and it's easy to apply.
              Salonpas patches - Works well, but at the time I had major muscle spasms. I had so many spasmed spots, I used 12 patches in one sitting.

              Arnica gel or cream - No pain relief for me. Does seem to reduce swelling on lumps and bumps, but not on my swollen spasmed muscles.
              Traumeel Creme - Gave me no pain relief
              Salonpas Jet Spray - Doesn't last very long. Icy Hot Spray is much more potent and lasts much longer.
              Pomada Dragon Cream - Works.
              Diclofenac - (prescription). Doesn't do much of anything for me. I'm supposed to use it on arthritic fingers, but even in that location the results are nothing special.
              ThermaChill Roll On - Works. Roll on easy to apply and good for your purse or gym bag.
              CryoDerm Spray - Works, but the spray is not so easy to apply on your back and runs off of where you need it.
              Penetrex Creme - Didn't do a thing for me. At $18 a pop for a smallish jar and fact that you're supposed to apply 3-4 times a day, thumbs down.
              Lidocaine Patch - (prescription). Works ok.

              If you are wondering about other products, I've probably tried it or still have it in my arsenal.


              • #8
                I’m a big fan of your favorite topical (Ben Gay, Icy Hot, etc.) and moist heat. For moist heat, I wet a washcloth or hand towel, squeeze out the excess water, and microwave for a minute or two. I then (carefully) wrap the hot cloth in another dry cloth to prevent burning the skin and apply to the affected area.
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                • #9
                  Cetyl-m for horses did amazing when I pulled a muscle in my back. I tried heat, stretching, & sore no more but none of it worked. They have a human version but reviews on Amazon had people saying they used the horse version and love it.

                  I had a few other boarders try it for various pain and they all loved it as well.


                  • #10
                    I really like biofreeze, it is basically menthol, so works like cold therapy, and comes as a cream or a spray. I have had upper back issues in the past, and the spray makes it easy to get it on your back and shoulders, though I have never really tried to get it localized to just one area. I am also a big fan of just strapping ice packs to my back.
                    DIY heat packs are easy to make by filling a couple of soccer socks or other long socks with rice or pretty much any dry grain and closing with a knot, zip tie or twist tie (put one sock inside the other so they are double-thick to minimize rice loss).


                    • #11
                      I like BioFreeze, too. TopCare's "Therapeutic Ice Gel" works almost as well and is less $. And my arthritic hands always feel great after I use Absorbine on the ponies.


                      • #12
                        Neosporin is good.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by WildandWickedWarmbloods View Post
                          Neosporin is good.
                          For minor wound care, yes. Muscle pain, not in the slightest.
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                          • #14
                            I use lidocaine, either patch or roller applicator and Voltaren topical gel.