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Biofreeze reduces pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis patients compared to placebo

October 4, 2011

Dr. Robert Topp at Marquette University has published several studies on the mechanisms of Biofreeze® topical analgesic, as well as exercise interventions using Thera-Band resistance in knee osteoarthritis patients. At TRAC 2011, Dr. Topp presented research on the efficacy of Biofreeze in 20 patients with knee osteoarthritis. The patients had either Biofreeze or a placebo gel applied to their knee; each then performed 5 functional tasks and subsequently reported their pain levels.

The subjects performed significantly better on the 6-minute walk and timed chair-stand when Biofreeze was applied. Applying Biofreeze also significantly reduced pain during the timed chair stand, timed up-and-go, as well as going up and down stairs.

Dr. Topp concluded that Biofreeze topical analgesic resulted in 30% less pain than a placebo during high-load functional tests in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Read the abstract of his study here: The effect of 3.5 % menthol gel on knee pain and functioning among patients with knee osteoarthritis

Click here to learn more about all the research presented at TRAC 2011

 

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Topp about his project by clicking on the link below:

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