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Exercise Physiologist and Celebrity Trainer Bob Greene Leads National Campaign to Showcase Osteoarthritis Pain Management Techniques and New Treatment Approaches
Date:3/25/2009

n that exercise can help them. I want to help OA sufferers achieve the freedom they are looking for and to demonstrate that OA pain does not have to interfere with living a healthy life."

There are many things that can be done to help manage OA pain. It is important to manage weight, exercise appropriately and get proper rest. There also are many treatment options to help reduce OA pain, including oral medications, and topical options.

"I frequently hear my osteoarthritis patients describe movement as grating or catching, and they report that daily activities, such as getting out of bed and climbing stairs, are painful. In fact, pain is a common symptom of osteoarthritis, and controlling it is a primary treatment goal," said Steven Lamm, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York University, Bellevue. "Voltaren(R) Gel helps these patients' pain by delivering targeted relief directly at the site of osteoarthritis pain, and offers well-tolerated and effective pain relief in the areas where it is needed most. Voltaren(R) Gel is the first and only prescription topical NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) FDA-approved for the relief of OA pain in joints amenable to topical treatment, including the knees and those of the hands. The product has not been evaluated for use on the spine, hip or shoulder. The topical formulation of Voltaren(R) Gel, applied four times a day, encourages the patient to self-massage to help rub out OA pain."

Voltaren(R) Gel is a different type of osteoarthritis pain reliever that provides an effective amount of relief when applied at the site of pain. The amount of the active ingredient diclofenac sodium that is systemically absorbed from Voltaren(R) Gel is on average 6% of the systemic exposure from a comparable dose of an oral form of diclofenac sodium (four grams four times a day to one knee versus 50 milligrams three times a day orally). This means
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