Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical care. According to a study conducted by the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 20.4% of US adults have chronic pain and 8% of US adults have high impact pain. High impact pain can impact work and life activities as well as lead to a decreased quality of life. Pain management can help alleviate chronic pain and allow a person to live their life more fully again.
Many of the common treatments for chronic pain come with complications of their own. These complications include addictive properties, gastrointestinal (GI) distress, drowsiness, and dizziness to name a few. Compounding allows for a targeted approach to treatment. We can tailor treatment to treat each person's unique situation. Our pharmacists are available for consultations to find the best treatment for you!
Transdermal pain creams allow for localized treatment without systemic side effects. Multiple ingredients can be combined in one cream to increase compliance as well as treating multiple symptoms. Examples of the types of ingredients that can be used in our transdermal pain creams include:
All transdermal pain creams are made in a liposomal cream base unless otherwise specified. The liposomal cream base is scientifically proven to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin. It is also a smooth cream that leaves behind no sticky residue. Transdermal creams allow for localized action without the systemic side effects of oral medications.
CBD is another treatment available for pain. CBD stands for cannabidiol, and is the second most prevalent active ingredient of cannabis. CBD is derived from the hemp plant. It is not addictive and does not have any psychoactive properties meaning that, even at high doses, it will not cause a feeling of "being high." It does appear to have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
CBD is legal within the United States. In 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, was signed into law making industrial hemp, from which CBD is derived, completely legal. Industrial hemp is defined by the 2018 Farm Bill as hemp containing less than 0.3% THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that elicits a feeling of "being high." Even though CBD is now legal, the quality of CBD products varies greatly. Reputable CBD companies have their products tested by a lab and offer the lab's findings via a certificate of analysis that shows the exact amount of CBD in the bottle.
CBD is available in multiple dosage forms, including oil tinctures, topicals, gummies, and capsules. Finding the right dose and dosage form can require some trial and error to find what works best. For example, the European Journal of Pain found that topical preparations are better for arthritis pain.
It is always best to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting a new treatment.