As you’re reading this sentence, millions of people are struggling with some form of musculoskeletal pain. This notion isn’t new to you, though; you treat these patients day in and day out in your clinic. Thankfully, more clinicians are wising up to the detriments of opioid prescriptions to treat musculoskeletal pain, and these pain sufferers know that your hands-on care is exactly the solution that they need to eliminate their discomfort. The only set back? You’re only in contact with your patients for a few hours a week.

Musculoskeletal Pain Follows Your Patients Everywhere

Home exercise programs are a great way to contribute to your patient’s pain relief when they’re out of the office, but this is more of a long-term pain relief methodology. What are your patients supposed to use at the onset of pain when they’re at work, working around the house or traveling? Many clinicians suggest the use of topical analgesics for instant pain relief, and researchers have been working tirelessly for years to compile data to support these topicals’ efficacy on acute and chronic pain. This year in particular, researchers conducted a systematic review to describe the mechanism of action and determine the clinical efficacy of Biofreeze® on musculoskeletal pain.

Menthol-Based Cryotherapy Works for Musculoskeletal Pain Relief

A total of 279 articles were screened, and data was extracted from nine studies that met the inclusion criteria. Both statistical and clinically significant pain reduction were identified in studies of:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Hand pain

… while results were mixed for muscle soreness (Page P, Alexander L. 2017).

topical analgesics for musculoskeletal pain

For years, Biofreeze has been shown to provide significant reductions in pain in several musculoskeletal populations. Paired with your professional care, methods like cryotherapy, exercise and kinesiology taping provide lasting results that actually help your patients address the origin of their pain, instead of masking it like opioids. Visit to access our portal of free tools to help educate your patients about pain and facilitate non-prescription pain management recommendations to your patients!

This study was originally published in the Journal of Performance Health. Read the full article or or take a peek at the whole Journal here!


Page P, Alexander L. 2017. The clinical effectiveness of Biofreeze® topical analgesic on musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review. J Perform Health. 1(1): 1-10.

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