Acute pain is short-term pain lasting less than 6 months that's often described as a physical sensation such as stabbing, burning, twisting, tearing, or squeezing. And it may result from minor injuries, including strains, sprains, and contusions. Acute pain may be a signal that your body is experiencing—or has experienced—some type of tissue damage.
Acute pain from minor strains, sprains and contusions are common in clinical practice. While exact figures are not available, it is estimated that over 2 million ankle sprains occur annually in the US.1 If not treated appropriately, soft tissue injuries like ankle sprains can lead to chronic complications and significant reductions in patient quality of life.
When treating acute pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most used therapies to treat pain and inflammation. NSAID drugs come in many forms including oral tablets and capsules as well as topical gels, liquids, and patches. They are available with and without a prescription.
For many patients, a topical NSAID treatment may be a good alternative to oral drugs. Topical NSAIDs deliver strong pain relief and have lower levels of systemic absorption than oral NSAID therapies. With a topical NSAID treatment, pain relief is delivered at the site of pain where you need it most.
They are non-narcotic and non-addictive. Like oral NSAIDs, topical NSAIDs are available with or without a prescription.
1. Herzog M et al; Journal of Athletic Train, 2019;54(6) 603-610