Pain patches: Are they the right choice for you?

Pain patches became popular with some athletes but should be discussed with heathcare providers before use


Everyone needs pain relief at one time or another, but how do they know which pain relief method works best for them.

In the world of medicine, there are a host of options available to people in different forms. For many people in the world of sports medicine and orthopedics, pain patches are a popular way to treat different types of pain.

Essentially, a pain patch is a small medical patch that is saturated in a large dose of pharmaceuticals along with other ingredients that is applied to an area of the body that is experiencing pain. From there the solution is absorbed into the bloodstream.

For those dealing with common issues like inflammation in their joints or muscle pain, pain patches may be a solution. They are non-invasive as opposed to other such as surgery or injections and are more concentrated than over the counter pain pills.

According to an article from the Oxford Academy, pain patches focus their relief efforts to the area that they are applied to, thus relieving the pain in one chronic place of need rather than being equally dispersed throughout the body. This would serve well those who deal with consistent pain in certain areas of their body such as their back or knees. Pain patches also are preferred by some as they can be left on for long periods of time and allow them to carry on with their daily lives.

Though not all patches are made or work the same, many are fast acting once placed, like some brands such as Luminas, that work with natural ingredients. Many of their recipients say they experienced pain relief within minutes of applying them. Though commonly used for inflammation and muscle pain, pain patches are used for much more. The National Capital Poison Center states that several different patches can be used to treat bruises, sprains, motion sickness and chronic pain. Patches have been developed in different ways to help people dealing with many kinds of pain.

Of course, as with any medical decision, pain patches should be discussed with a doctor and properly applied and disposed of as recommended.