The active ingredient in Voltaren is Diclofenac
Voltaren belongs to a group of drugs called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) used to treat and relieve osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as numerous musculoskeletal injuries such as strains, sprains and bruising.
Voltaren can be used to treat a number of other medical conditions, for example menstrual cramps and ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by inflammation and arthritis that can lead to the complete immobility of joints in the spinal area. This disease usually occurs between the ages of 15-35 years. Caucasian males are more prone to it than females, while people of color are rarely affected.
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) are a variety of disorders of the muscles, bones, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, nerves and soft tissue. Some common musculoskeletal injuries include tennis elbow, tendinitis, bursitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions are usually caused by RSI (repetitive strain injury).
Bone injuries are characterized by a deep penetrating pain. Muscle injuries usually have less pain but can, nevertheless, be extremely unpleasant. Ligament and tendon pain is not as severe as bone pain but if the ligament or tendon is stretched or moved, the pain can be very intense. Joint injuries are characterized by ‘arthritic’ symptoms such as stiffness, inflammation and continual aching.
The active ingredient in Voltaren is diclofenac sodium which reduces pain, swelling and fever, bringing fast and effective relief to conditions as described above. Voltaren should be taken with food.