Medicinal extract taken from plants and applied directly to the skin are known as topical pain relief. These medications can exist in forms of creams, ointments, gels and trans-dermal pain patches.
Topical treatment of pain is increasing in popularity. According to a report conducted by Allied Market Research the increase is due to the rise in geriatric population, the prevalence of arthritis and a high demand from athletes.
The report concludes that “The global topical pain relief market generated $7.48 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach $13.28 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2018 to 2025” www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/4663
One other major contributing factor to the growth of topical pain relief treatments is due to their lesser side effects than oral medicines.
Although anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibuprofen are some of the most common of the pills in the modern cabinet, NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can actually cause harm.
According to a study by Medical Journal BMJ, research found that NSAIDs have been linked to about 30% of drug-related hospital admissions. Drugs most commonly implicated in causing these admissions included low dose aspirin, diuretics, warfarin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs other than aspirin, the most common reaction being gastrointestinal bleeding.
Some topical pain relief treatments provide similar pain relief to oral NSAIDs (for knee and hand osteoarthritis) with reduced gastrointestinal side effects. However natural topical pain relief treatments provide an even safer option.