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Do Sports Creams Rub the Pain Away?

Sunday 31 May 2009

Cream The New York Times has an article about the use of sports creams for muscular pain:

CAROLYN LUMBER, a 56-year-old retired tennis pro, experimented with different over-the-counter sports creams for more than five years in the hope that one might ease the pain she had suffered since having knee-replacement surgery. Nothing worked until Ms. Lumber, who lives in Portland, Ore., started using a prescription product along with the over-the-counter pain-relieving cream ALCiS.

ALCiS is one of several successful new products to enter a large, longstanding and lucrative market for over-the-counter topical analgesics, or pain creams, an industry that includes Bengay, Icy Hot, ThermaCare and Aspercreme, and has been part of United States retail since before the turn of the 20th century.

The article also mentioned Fibromyalgia:

Not all consumers purchase pain creams for sports-related problems. Many try them to alleviate muscular or joint pain associated with arthritis, age-related stiffness and conditions like fibromyalgia, in addition to sports injuries and fatigue from physical activity.

You can read the full article here.

Incidentally, we mentioned another news item about the use of creams for pain earlier this year.

And here's an article from CNN that warns about the perils of overusing creams.



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