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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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Mom is 87-years-old and comes back from the Senior Citizens Center with something new everyday. This time it's some kind of cream for her arthritis that burns like crazy. is this product really safe to use? It's called Capsaicin.

Older adults often find that managing the chores and activities of daily life are a challenge enough without pain being added to the mix. Suddenly, making a cup of tea can become impossible -- much less preparing a nutritious meal. Sleep is disrupted, thinking becomes cloudy, and the affected adult is no longer getting out with other people. Persistent pain in this age group can create a steady decline in physical and cognitive function. Pretty soon, folks will try just about anything. But the good news is that capsaicin is safe and effective. This cream is designed to act as a counter irritant. It does cause a mild burning sensation and brings blood flow to the painful area. The result can be temporary relief from the pain. There are other topical creams and gels that can provide pain relief by numbing the area (e.g., lidocaine). These medications are useful in controlling nerve pain. Patients with diabetic neuropathies or chronic musculoskeletal problems seem to benefit the most. Patients must avoid use around open wounds or mucous membranes and stop use if a skin rash develops. If your mother is not getting the pain control or pain relief she needs, it may be time for a visit with the physician again. With patience and persistence, older adults can get the pain relief they need in order to stay active and functional. There are many different types of medications for pain relief available. Sometimes it takes a combination of drugs. This can take some time to sort out fully.


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