When it comes to pain relief and resolution of other symptoms associated with arthritis and other medical conditions, treatment and management can be divided into the following types based on the method and site of administration:
Local or topical treatment: This refers to the administration of the drug or the pain killer at the “actual site of the pain” e.g. on and around hip joint, knee joint or any other pain-affected site.
General or systemic treatment: This refers to the administration of the drug to the systemic circulation or “blood” of the entire body e.g. oral or intravenous administration of drug.
Common types of local treatment
Local treatment can be of many types and methods including creams, gels, ointments and patches. All of these products need to be locally applied to the skin to take effect and are all effective at treating arthritis and arthritis related problems such as pain, swelling and redness. While most of these products are composed of similar ingredients, the exact quantity of each ingredient varies by product. In addition, cream, gel and ointment may also produce different effects when used.
What is a gel?
Gels are compounds composed of water and a thickening agent (e.g. polymer or polysaccharide). Gels are usually oil-free but can sometimes have a small amount of oil. All gels are absorbed by the skin easily and only leave behind a thin film from the thickening agent. This makes them useful agents for the prompt and effective relief of pain. Gels are usually clear or semi-opaque, but they can also be tinted and are usually not visible on the skin because they absorb well. Gels are considered suitable for oily skin because they contain no or minimum oil and are easily absorbed into the skin. They also spread easily, so they are better for treating large areas.
Arthritis relief gel
An arthritis relief gel must have the following salient features in order to be classified as effective:
- It should be capable of exerting its effects regardless of the site of application i.e. joints of the hp, knee, fingers, ankle, arms and shoulders.
- It should be water-based to ensure quick absorption
- It should have little or no risk of side effects
- It should be effective for all common / major types of arthritis
- It should be non-irritable to the skin
It should be affordable and economical.
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