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Can Voltaren gel be used for lower back pain?

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Posted on Sat, 11 Jun 2016
Question: I was prescribed Voltaren Gel 1% (diclofenac sodium topical) for low back pain . Can a gel like that penatrate spine pain deep enough to help??? My pain is in low back and 6 inches to the right into the buttocks area.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (57 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It helps temporarily.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain that you have in the lower back and on the right is likely to be a muscular pain and can be a posture related pain. Such pain can be temporarily relieved with hot compress and local analgesic gel like Voltaren. The gel acts superficially on the skin as a counter irritant and causes pain relief. The associated massage also relaxes the spasmodic muscles.
In case the pain is persistent then taking oral muscle relaxants will help. Ensure that you maintain an appropriate posture while working on the computer. Take frequent stretch breaks and drink lots of water. Discontinue using pillow while sleeping straight. Do not lift heavy objects, especially after bending down. Eat a healthy wholesome meal which should satisfy your minerals and proteins requirement.

The most essential and long lasting remedy is exercises. There are certain back strengthening and isometric exercises that you must learn from a physiotherapist and perform them at home whenever possible.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (2 hours later)
With one kidney what would be a good drug for me? They avoid giving me NSAID drugs. Tylenol only but that doesnt do much .
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (12 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Oral muscle relaxants will help.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
Oral muscle relaxants like Chlorzoxazone can help you. You will need a prescription from your doctor for that.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can Voltaren gel be used for lower back pain?

Brief Answer: It helps temporarily. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The pain that you have in the lower back and on the right is likely to be a muscular pain and can be a posture related pain. Such pain can be temporarily relieved with hot compress and local analgesic gel like Voltaren. The gel acts superficially on the skin as a counter irritant and causes pain relief. The associated massage also relaxes the spasmodic muscles. In case the pain is persistent then taking oral muscle relaxants will help. Ensure that you maintain an appropriate posture while working on the computer. Take frequent stretch breaks and drink lots of water. Discontinue using pillow while sleeping straight. Do not lift heavy objects, especially after bending down. Eat a healthy wholesome meal which should satisfy your minerals and proteins requirement. The most essential and long lasting remedy is exercises. There are certain back strengthening and isometric exercises that you must learn from a physiotherapist and perform them at home whenever possible. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal