Everyone has experienced back pain at least once in their life. It can be sharp and sharp, dull and long. The reasons for this are numerous.
There are also many drugs for elimination and treatment. One such remedy, quite simple to use but no less effective, is a back pain patch.
The transdermal therapeutic system is used to treat connective tissue pathologies of an inflammatory or degenerative nature.
Back and joint pain patch refers to local methods of treating a pain symptom. This method can quickly drown out the discomfort and help eliminate the cause of its development. You can buy these funds at fixed pharmacies or order online.
Back pain patches differ in their composition and mechanism of action. They have different times of use, indications of use.
According to their composition and exposure method, all spots can be divided into several groups.
A very interesting remedy is actually not a remedy. In this case, the reflective surface plays a decisive role.
A person emits heat and this stain reflects that. As a result, quite intense heating of the desired area occurs, but without the greenhouse effect, since this type of product is fixed not on the body, but on clothing.
In fact, this is the same warming belt, but it is much thinner and almost invisible under clothing. There is no direct effect on the skin, so there are practically no contraindications.
This is a well-known pepper patch. It looks like a strip of fabric, it has a specific smell. The sizes are different - 6 by 10 cm, 10 by 18 cm. It is very simple to use - you need to remove the transparent protective film and carefully stick it to the desired area.
One square centimeter of this preparation contains 8 g of capsicum extract and 0. 6 g of dry extract of nightshade. In addition, the composition includes other substances:
- eucalyptus oil and Vaseline,
- natural and synthetic rubber,
- zinc oxide,
- anhydrous lanolin,
- basic resin.
The action is based on irritation of the nerve receptors in the skin, due to which the pain syndrome is reduced.
There are contraindications for use:
- Birthmarks and any skin lesions in the affected area.
- Allergy and individual intolerance to drug components.
- Increase in body temperature.
- Children age up to 14 years.
The patch should stay on the body for at least 48 hours, but if an intense burning sensation starts, it should be removed immediately and applied to reddened skin with baby cream or petroleum jelly.
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic action
All patches that have an analgesic effect can be divided into several groups according to their composition.
They contain substances that block pain. These include novocaine or lidocaine, are added to the composition and substances that promote faster tissue healing. Used for very intense pain.
The analgesic effect when applied occurs quite quickly. But there are many contraindications:
- individual intolerance;
- the presence of allergic reactions to the components of the drug;
- age of children up to 2 years;
- violation of skin integrity.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
The action is based on the suppression of prostaglandin synthesis, as a result of the removal of inflammation and the disappearance of pain.
They cannot be used for more than two weeks, many undesirable consequences may occur, such as gastritis, stomach ulcers, various problems with the liver and kidneys. Not to be used by pregnant women and children under 14 years old.
These are called Chinese patches. In pharmaceutical products, they are registered as cosmetics, there is no documentary evidence of their therapeutic effect. But many patients believe in the effectiveness and uniqueness of these drugs.
The composition includes a wide variety of herbs, selected in the right proportions. According to the manufacturers, their products have a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect.
For the production of extracts, modern technologies are used to maximize the use of the power of medicinal plants.
Depending on the type, the period of application to the painful area of the back is from 1 to 3 days. The entire course of treatment is at least 5 days.
Chinese manufacturers emphasize the exceptional safety of these products, as the composition is only natural. But don't forget that even natural ingredients can be allergic.
The recently released and extremely popular nano-patches for back pain can be singled out as a separate group.
In the instructions for use, you can find that a magnetic powder of rare earth metals is applied to the polymer base. Due to their "nano-size", all bioactive components, penetrating through the skin, act exclusively on diseased cells.
The product must be kept on the skin for at least 12 hours. It relieves inflammation and eliminates pain, and it also promotes soft tissue healing.
It causes no side effects and has practically no contraindications. The only thing is that it is not recommended to use it for open wounds and in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Opinions on this type of patch are different and ambiguous. Some consider it a super drug and almost a panacea. Others are quackery based on the placebo effect. The choice - which back pain patch is best - rests with the patient.
But in any case, buying a drug on its own, even as harmless at first glance as a patch, is by no means impossible.
A mandatory consultation with the attending physician is required. Only he is able to correctly assess the patient's condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment.