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Will Voltaren Heal Me or Fix My Pain?

This is a common question that we get asked as it is often prescribed whenever you see your physician regarding a musculoskeletal injury. The short answer is no.

Voltaren (which contains diclofenac) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to manage pain, inflammation, and swelling. However, Voltaren may play a role in the following ways:

  1. Pain Management: Voltaren can help reduce pain, making it easier for individuals undergoing physiotherapy to engage in rehabilitation exercises and activities. Pain relief can be particularly important for those recovering from musculoskeletal injuries, joint problems, or post-operative conditions.
  2. Inflammation Reduction: Physiotherapy often aims to improve joint mobility and muscle function. Inflammation can hinder the effectiveness of these treatments. Voltaren’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce swelling and inflammation, allowing for more effective physiotherapy interventions.
  3. Improved Tolerance to Exercises: When patients experience pain and inflammation, they may have difficulty performing prescribed physiotherapy exercises. Voltaren can make it more comfortable for patients to engage in their exercise programs, which is essential for a successful recovery.
  4. Enhanced Compliance: Pain and discomfort can lead to decreased motivation and compliance with physiotherapy exercises and activities. By reducing pain, Voltaren can increase a patient’s willingness to participate in their rehabilitation program.
  5. Adjunct to Hands-On Techniques: Physiotherapists often use manual therapy techniques, such as massage and joint mobilization, to improve a patient’s condition. When pain and inflammation are reduced with Voltaren, these techniques can be more effective and less uncomfortable for the patient.
  6. Support for Sports Injury Rehabilitation: For individuals recovering from sports-related injuries, Voltaren can play a role in reducing pain and inflammation, allowing for a more efficient and comfortable return to training and competition.

It’s important to note that the use of Voltaren in physiotherapy should be under the guidance of a healthcare professional. This is because NSAIDs like Voltaren can have potential side effects, especially when used over an extended period. The dosage and duration of use should be carefully considered to minimize the risk of adverse effects.

Furthermore, while Voltaren can provide short-term relief during physiotherapy, it is not a substitute for the rehabilitation exercises and techniques prescribed by a physiotherapist. The ultimate goal of physiotherapy is to improve the patient’s condition, function, and overall well-being, and medication is just one aspect of a comprehensive treatment plan.


At Revere we are offering the best physiotherapy services with a specialization in individualized and manual therapy methods. We are a team of compassionate and committed rehabilitation professionals who respect you, your time, and your body. We want to offer you the best of care and ensure a thorough recovery. 

Reach out to us at info@reverephysio.com with questions regarding the process or our therapists.   

We offer free 10 minute consultations to help you determine fit. Call us at 604-566-5108.   

Book an appointment right away if you feel ready to do so. 

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