>> Tuesday, February 02, 2010
I have bad heels. They're always just a little sore. Sometimes they get worse. So I've tried "pain relief" creams to see if they can help. A friend recommended Traumeel to me. I couldn't find Traumeel at my local GNC, but the "dude" working there recommended Arnica Gel:
In December, I won a "Worst Race Photo" contest with the photo I took of myself with my frozen face and bloody nose after last year's Winter Carnival Half Marathon in -15 conditions. (Great contest idea, BTW!) The contest was put on by Topricin, which is a pain relief cream. Because I won, I was sent all different kinds of Topricin:
The "tubs" are their normal stuff, and the bottles are their foot cream
Truly appreciate your response and questions. As I mentioned in my email it is important to maintain a healthy skepticism regarding products as many make marketing claims that simply are not true.
Those to endorse or use Topricin are many but here are just a few notables: Ivan Lendl, Billie Jean King, Nancy Kerrigan, Freeman McNeal, Paul Polamalu, Uta Pippig, Anthony Davis (USC fame), Mark Sanchez. In addition the Boulder Road Runners, specifically Rich Castro has trained world class runners from around the world for over 10 years using Topricin.
As to primary doctors many are NYC based, a tough environment to say the least for any product and they include: the Hospital for Special Surgery as well as the Integrative medicine program at Beth Israel (CCHH) and more. Here are excerpts of their comments:
Resolves many musculoskeletal issues especially as they relate to severe trauma and neuropathic pain.
Measurable reduction in recovery for many patients are trauma injury or post surgical trauma
Measurable reduction in the amount of pain meds used for patients
Valuable adjunct to all physical therapies
Successful in reducing the adverse reactions of both radiation and chemo as a support oncology treatment protocols
Closer to home for you Partners in Healing of Minneapolis are users of Topricin.
He goes on later to say this:
FYI: Topricin is regulated by the FDA as an OTC medicine. We have been in business for 16 years, and are very dedicated to the doctor patient relationship. The products formulary works by helping the body’s affected pain area to achieve homeostatic balance, vital for supporting and enhancing the healing process, with healing being the ultimate means of pain relief.
So unlike analgesics (topical smelly greasy hot ointments and or oral pain meds) that mask pain symptoms, Topricin was designed to ease the symptom pain by helping the body to address the cause of the pain. Helping the person have a safer and in most cases a more effective means of addressing the pain issues. The product produces no side effects, and can reduce the side effects of oral pain meds by reducing need/dependency for all classifications of oral pain meds for the individual.
I like what he's saying, but is it all true? Is that really how it works? And do those people all use it regularly?
Quick side-story: My grandpa has recently been complaining about pain in his hands. He needs to take pain-killers (which he doesn't like to have to do) before he can pitch horseshoes. And he's DANG GOOD at pitching horseshoes: he's placed first 9 out of the last 11 years (or something crazy like that) in his "old folks trailer park" where he and grandma stay for 4 months each year! Here he is teaching Pharmie how to throw a horseshoe:
Pretty limber for 81, isn't he?!
Arnica Gel: Grade of C+. It's very "pure," so that makes me feel safer using it. But I don't know HOW much it has helped me.
Topricin: Grade of C+. I feel like it's helped me more than arnica gel, but I have to admit that I'm nervous rubbing a cream with all kinds of "stuff" in it on my body. And is it really helping my body heal itself like their president claims? Or is it just masking the symptoms? (BTW, Topricin also contains arnica gel.)
Topricin (after taking into account my Grandpa's raving endorsement): Grade of B+. My Grandpa is a no-nonsense kind of guy. If he's been seeing an improvement with his arthritic hands, then I'm pretty convinced it works. I need to try Topricin more before I make my final call of it being "OK but not stellar."
So, have you used Topricin? Arnica Gel? Traumeel? Have you found anything to help with pain, inflammation, or overuse injuries? Let us know what you've found. And don't forget to check back at 2 am and 2 pm every day this week for more “Does It Work” posts. Click on the “Does It Work” tag to see all posts in this mini-series.