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Managing Muscle Strain with Topical Pain Relief: Insights from Central Health

As a trusted healthcare provider, we at Central Health often encounter patients seeking effective pain management solutions for common injuries like muscle strains. Recently, a scenario with a patient who is also a friend highlighted the importance of appropriate pain management. While on a snowboarding trip in Tahoe, she experienced a back injury. Despite the discomfort, she continued snowboarding but reached out for advice on managing the pain to ensure restful sleep.

Identifying a Muscle Strain: Through a detailed evaluation, we determined that her discomfort was due to a mild muscle strain. Muscle strains are typically identified by symptoms such as localized pain, swelling, or a limited range of motion. In her case, the specific pattern of pain and the circumstances of her injury pointed towards a muscle strain rather than a more severe condition.

Topical Medication Options: For managing muscle strains, topical medications can be highly effective. Lidocaine patches, like the one inquired about by our patient, are an excellent option. They work by numbing the affected area, providing significant pain relief. Other topical treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory creams and gels, which reduce inflammation and pain. Heat rubs and capsaicin creams are also beneficial, especially for their soothing warmth and ability to distract from the pain.

Alternatives to Topical Treatments: While topical treatments are convenient and effective, there are other methods to consider. Oral pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be useful in reducing pain and inflammation. Additionally, physical therapies, such as gentle stretching exercises, can help in the healing process. Rest, ice, and elevation are also key components of muscle strain recovery, especially in the initial stages post-injury.

Telehealth Services at Central Health: At Central Health, we understand the challenges of managing health while on the go. This is why we offer comprehensive telehealth services. Patients can receive evaluations and treatment plans through virtual consultations, an excellent option for those traveling or unable to visit the clinic physically. Our ability to send electronic prescriptions to many states adds convenience, ensuring that patients receive the necessary medications promptly, no matter where they are.

In summary, while topical medications like lidocaine patches are effective for managing muscle strains, it's important to consider a holistic approach that may include other pain management strategies. At Central Health, our telehealth services extend the reach of our care, ensuring that even when you're miles away, quality healthcare is just a call away. Stay safe and prioritize your health, whether on the slopes or at home.

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