What is Traumeel?
You have been active all throughout your life, but all of a sudden you started experiencing mild to severe musculoskeletal pain. You easily get tired and your muscles start to feel heavier. There are a tingling sensation and numbness and you can’t control it! You are starting to freak out! Everything seems to be difficult and your active lifestyle has now become a thing of the past!
Musculoskeletal pain can include several other symptoms. They can be mild or severe. Pain may start abruptly or slowly. It could be temporary or permanent. Some are relieved by oral medications like Traumeel while others may require a more extensive treatment course.
There are two main types of musculoskeletal pain. Acute comes on suddenly and can last for approximately 3 months. Chronic pain, on the other hand, develops over time and would cause long-term problems.
Common symptoms would include:
- Dull and aching pain
- A stinging sensation that normally moves from one body part to another
- Muscle spasm and tightness
- Pain intensifies while moving
- Difficulty walking up straight
Musculoskeletal pain differs on an individual level. Several factors may influence the experience such as emotions, stress, exercise, etc.
Musculoskeletal Pain Causes
Several conditions can cause musculoskeletal pain. The most common ones are due to chronic medical conditions, tumor, and infection.
- Herniated Disc. The jelly-like center of a lumbar disc is prone to wear and tear. Once weakened, it can rupture or bulge. This would cause an inflammation and will compress the spinal nerve roots, thus causing severe musculoskeletal pain mainly in the back area.
- Kidney Diseases and Stones. Pain from the kidneys can radiate to the back, the rib cage, or even on the sides. The pain starts as soon as a stone moves into the narrow ureter. This will cause a blockage and will build up the pressure in the kidney.
- Spinal Stenosis. The space around the spinal cord narrows, adding pressure on the spinal nerves and may present with musculoskeletal pain.
- There is severe inflammation of the spinal joints, thus causing pain in the muscles and stiffness.
- Patients suffer from widespread muscle aches.
- An infection on the spine (osteomyelitis) is not very common but can cause intense pain that likewise affects the muscles. It could be detrimental if not treated immediately.
- Cancer in the breast, kidney, prostate, thyroid, and lungs would metastasize to the spine causing musculoskeletal pain.
Be sure to know the exact cause of your musculoskeletal pain to get the correct treatment.
In most cases, musculoskeletal pain resolves itself even without medical intervention. Pain can be addressed with some over the counter pain relievers like NSAIDs or plant extracts like Traumeel. Others may find relief of pain by applying a hot or cold compress on the affected area. Resting could help as well.
But if the symptom does not go away and if it continuously intensifies, it is best to ask your doctor about the following:
- Exercise regularly. Regular exercises can help build strength and keep your body weight down. Low impact aerobic activities are highly recommended.
- Stop Smoking. Based on studies, smokers have higher musculoskeletal pain incidences as compared to non-smokers.
- Watch your weight. The amount of weight you carry affects the risk of you developing muscle and bone pain.
- Maintain a good posture.
- Never lift and twist at the same time.
- Sleep and Rest. Get yourself a good mattress that can keep your spine straight while supporting the weight of your buttocks and shoulders.
REST (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) is the first-line management of musculoskeletal pain or injuries to limit excessive inflammation. If the pain would not respond to OTC pain relievers, you may ask for a prescription to purchase NSAIDs. Codeine is commonly prescribed but requires monitoring. Natural drugs from plant extracts like Traumeel are now becoming popular too.
NSAIDs have established its use in managing acute musculoskeletal problems. They are reliable, in most cases, when used correctly for pain relief and reducing inflammation. They act on the peripheral nervous system by partially inhibiting the enzymes cyclooxygenase 1 (COX1) and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2). These enzymes then inhibit the production of prostaglandin.
However, there were reported side effects of NSAIDs, hence the use of a natural product like Traumeel is very much in demand these days. The most common side effects of NSAIDs affect the gastrointestinal tract. Patients may complain of ulcer or bleeding. There can also be effects on the renal system and platelet function. Increased risk and cases of liver damage, myocardial infarctions, hypertension, and blood dyscrasias were linked to NSAID use. Hearing and vision problems were also noted.
Noting all these possible side effects, a new drug called Traumeel is now on the rise as a good alternative to NSAIDs. Traumeel is made from a mixture of diluted plant and mineral extracts. It is widely used in Germany and Australia for more than 60 years and 40 years now, respectively. It has reached the world market including the USA.
Traumeel is currently being used to treat acute cases like traumatic injuries, sprains, and as supportive therapy. It is available in different forms – drops, tablets, injection, gel, and ointment
What’s more interesting about Traumeel is that it is known to be well tolerated with less adverse effects. There were no reports of drug interactions or exacerbations during clinical trials, making this drug safer for consumption, especially the elderly who may have other medical conditions and are taking other drugs.
The only reported adverse reactions from the use of Traumeel are minor like local skin reactions – redness and heat, headache, and diarrhea. No known effects in the heart and blood.
The importance of nutrition for musculoskeletal health
These are the nutrients that the body needs:
Protein is a macromolecule made up of one or a series of amino acids. It is essential in performing bodily processes like DNA replication, catalyzing metabolism, transporting molecules, and responding to stimuli. Sufficient consumption of protein is important in sustaining the optimal mass of muscle and bone. Lack of protein can increase the risk of fractures and bones due to weak muscles and ones.
Protein-rich foods include fish and poultry, and lean red meat. Furthermore, dairy and eggs possess good proteins as well for Lacto-ovo vegetarians. While seeds, nuts, beans, lentils, and soy products are for vegans.
Fruits and vegetables
Fiber and antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as alkaline salts can be provided by fruits and vegetables; that is to reduce the acid content of protein on kidney and bones.
On a weekly basis, it is advisable to consume at least 50 different foods since taking higher amounts of a different variety of fruits and vegetables are proven to constitute for a better density of bones even at old age.
Vitamins and Minerals
- B Vitamins
This type of vitamin is essential for the structural integrity and thus play an important role in avoiding osteoporosis, as well as fracture risk. The sources of B vitamins include fish, green leafy vegetables, eggs, whole grains, soya beans, and chicken or turkey.
Calcium comes from the foods and supplements that we intake because the body cannot generate it and Vitamin D is essential for it helps in the absorption of calcium in the body through the stomach. Calcium is important for the growth of bone and the sources of it are dark green, leafy vegetables, nuts, dairy foods, fortified foods like tofu and some cereals, and fish.
- Vitamins D and K
Vitamin D assists the body to absorb phosphorus and calcium. It is also fat-soluble and essential in keeping the bones strong and improving muscle strength and thus lessens the risks of falls. It can be extracted from lanolin or fish oil. Whereas, Vitamin K is essential in the correct mineralization of bone. Its sources are cabbage, lettuce, and spinach, soya bean produced, fermented cheese,
- Vitamin A
Though yet to be confirmed, vitamin A is said to be needed as well by the bones and its sources include those which come from fish liver oils, liver and other offal, egg yolk and dairy foods. While carotenes are the plant counterpart with vitamin A. Green leafy vegetables, as well as yellow and red-colored vegetables are its sources.
Magnesium is yet another important mineral in bone formation and the deficiency of this can cause osteoporosis. The sources of magnesium are seeds, nuts, fish, whole grain, and green leafy vegetables. Maintaining and controlling the magnesium intake helps in the optimization of bone integrity.
Zinc is important for mineralization and bone tissue renewal. It also plays an important role in the modulation of the activities of the immune system. It is also involved in the cellular signaling, memory formation, learning, and metabolism of RNA and DNA, and gene expression.
How to achieve optimum musculoskeletal health?
Vitamin D plays an important role in achieving an optimum musculoskeletal health but having a balanced diet which includes the mentioned nutrients above in brightly-colored fruits and vegetables is the key.
Other Treatment Options:
If intake of NSAIDs or Traumeel would not work, you might need a dose of IV cortisone injected into your spine (epidural space).
Physical Therapy may also help. Heat, ice, electric stimulation, and some muscle release techniques are proven helpful in relieving back pain.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a well-known therapy for patients with chronic or long-term back pain. The TENS machine, through its electric pulses, encourages the body to produce endorphins, and may possibly block pain signals returning to the brain.
Surgery is uncommon. If a patient has a herniated disc, surgery may be an option.
Imagine a life without musculoskeletal pain. Stop your suffering. Get yourself checked and take safe treatments like Traumeel.
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.