The debate over whether topical analgesics are more effective for acute pain in the body than ice has waged on for years. A recent study conducted by Bart Bishop, DPT, of Sport and Spine Rehab in Rockville, MD, compared the popular topical analgesic Biofreeze to using ice on patients that suffer from bilateral neck pain. The results found that most of the patients found some relief with both options, but that the patients overwhelmingly preferred the Biofreeze over the ice.
According to a recent article about the pain study in Chiropractic News titled, “Effects of Biofreeze vs. Ice on Acute, Non-complicated Neck Pain,” medical professionals had been using both ice and the topical analgesic to treat acute pain, but did not have any evidence to support which one was more effective. (more…)