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About Pain Management - Chronic Pain

Pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually, an amount equal to about $2,000.00 for everyone living in the U.S. This includes the total incremental cost of health care due to pain from ranging between $261 to $300 billion and $297-$336 billion due to lost productivity (based on days of work missed, hours of work lost, and lower wages.

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap -- sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain -- arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself).

A recent market research report indicates that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain and that approximately 3- 4.5% of the global population suffers from neuropathic pain, with incidence rate increasing in conjunction with age.

While medicine has made remarkable advances to eradicate some diseases, cure others and extend life, chronic pain is still one they are struggling to understand and improve. The good news is they have made advances in helping people to manage their pain.

Creams, gels, sprays, liquids, patches, or rubs applied on the skin over a painful muscle or joint are called topical pain relievers or topical analgesics. Many are available without a prescription. Longview Farms offers its muscle rub: Zap It**

Some of the OTC topical agents contain salicylates, a family of drugs that reduce inflammation and pain. They come from the bark of the willow tree and are the pain relieving substances found in aspirin. Small amounts relieve mild pain. Larger amounts may reduce both pain and inflammation. Salicylates decrease the ability of the nerve endings in the skin to sense pain.

Counter irritants, another group of topical agents, are specifically approved for the topical treatment of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints (simple backache, arthritis pain, strains, bruises, and sprains). They stimulate nerve endings in the skin to cause feelings of cold, warmth, or itching. You'll want to try our Zap It!** muscle rub.

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in hot peppers which produces a characteristic heat sensation when applied to the skin (dermal drug delivery). Several studies have suggested that capsaicin (cap-SAY-sin) can be an effective analgesic in at least some types of neuropathic pain and arthritic conditions (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). Our MUSCLE RELIEF ROLL-ON** contains capsaicin.

Other Interests:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Muscle sprains & strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Back pains
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Back aches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic pain
  • Body damage
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fascia pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Somatic pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Sympathetic pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Minor wound pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatic nerve pain

**These products are not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The FDA has asked us not to use any medical terms in relationship to this and other Longview Farms products that would lead the public to believe they are medicines or considered a "drug" under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 321(p)], such as psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, dry patches, dermatitis, cracked skin, skin fungus, itchy scalp, IBD, back pain, lower back pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, rosacea,rhynophyma, treatment, etc. Reviews are not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical care or the advice of a physician or another medical professional. Actual results may vary among users. LongviewFarms.com makes no warranty or representation, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or validity of the information contributed by outside product review submissions, and assumes no responsibility or liability regarding the use of such information. The information and statements regarding products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your health care provider. If you are currently taking a prescription medication, you should work with your health care provider before discontinuing any drug or altering any drug regimen, including augmenting your regimen with dietary supplements. Do not attempt to self-diagnose any disease or ailment based on the reviews and do not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. Proper medical care is critical to good health. If you have a health concern or suspect you have an undiagnosed sign or symptom, please consult a physician or health care practitioner.
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