This article is in addition to my earlier article on Diclofenac as an anti inflammatory in physical therapies.
Diclofenac gel is available under a number of trade names and can be useful in the physical therapies as a local anti inflammatory.
Like any pharmaceutical drug, the usual care must be taken re side effects befor we recommend it to our patients, and it is a wise idea to learn these before we embark on its use.
My favourite use of this gel in treating my own patients, is to employ it as a gel medium to use with ultrasound application.
This literally pushes the active ingredients in the gel into the area we are treating, so that we get the action of both ultrasound and diclofenac to reduce the inflammation quickly and effectively.
This is not a new invention, as physiotherapists and osteopaths used to crush aspirin tablets into ultrasound gel to get the same effect many years ago, prior to the advent of Ibuprofen or Diclofenac gels.
However, I find that these gels are only useful in injuries that are close to the surface, as it will only penetrate to a certain depth.
I have also seen it prescribed for conditions on the plantar foot, and in my opinion, and having seen many attempts at this, the skin is too thick to allow penetration to any appreciable level.
The use of ultrasound and Diclofenac is one of the best ways to attack inflammation quickly and effectively, and helps those in physical therapies get the results they want for their patients.
Dr Les Bailey phd, DO, acopm, apta ( int part ).
Dr Les Bailey, Banstead / Woodmansterne.
Dr Les Baileys details are on the link below.
About Dr Les Bailey phd,DO, acopm.apta(int part)
Direct phone number 07801418080
Dr Les Bailey began in physical therapies in 1981,qualifying in remedial massage,and later going on to qualify as an osteopath.
He gained his phd from OIUCM for a thesis on the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
He was awarded a teaching/lecturing diploma from the northern school of osteopaths in 1993.
He also holds a diploma in foot biomechanics .
Dr Les Bailey works from his clinic near Banstead in surrey.