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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

that Voltaren(R) Gel can be applied to targeted areas where pain relief is needed most, with low systemic levels. Additionally, by applying Voltaren(R) Gel four times daily as indicated, the levels of the medication remain steady throughout the day.

Cardiovascular Risk

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction, and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may increase with duration of use. Patients with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease may be at greater risk.
  • Voltaren(R) Gel is contraindicated for the treatment of peri-operative pain in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Gastrointestinal Risk

  • NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients are at greater risk for serious gastrointestinal events.

About Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the joint. Cartilage cushions the ends of the bones in joints -- such as knees, hands, elbows, wrists, ankles and feet -- which allows for easy movement. When cartilage erodes, bones can rub together, resulting in pain and loss of free movement in the joint. The most common symptoms include pain, joint soreness, and stiffness. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Arthritis and related conditions, such as osteoarthritis, cost the U.S. economy nearly $128 billion per year in medical care and indirect expenses, including lost wages and producti
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