P90X is a highly touted 90-day workout program designed to promote the physical health, strength, and endurance of the participants. If you are considering the P90X program for your next fitness program, it is important to become familiar with not only the health benefits of P90X but also the health risks and find ways in which to mitigate those risks before they occur.
For many adults using P90X, one of the strongest points of concern involves the development of joint pain. While joint pain is expected with any new fitness program, there are many P90X sufferers who simply choose to discontinue the program because joint pain can be so overwhelming. If you are concerned about joint pain prior to beginning the P90X program, you may want to talk with your doctor about the use of the FDA approved topical cream known as Pennsaid.
Pennsaid is a new FDA approved topical anti-inflammatory cream that is typically recommended for adults who suffer from osteoarthritis pain. As a solution for adults who are suffering from joint pain in response to fitness, Pennsaid may also be effective. As with any FDA approved drug, it will be necessary to meet with a physician to determine if this topical, non-steroid, medication will be beneficial to your particular healthcare needs.
As with most FDA approved topical creams, there is a risk for side effects when using Pennsaid. Most P90X adults who use Pennsaid for joint pain report minor complaints of dryness around the area of application, fever, chills or even a sore throat. If you have more severe complication, such as problems with urination, bruising at the application site, or even chest pain or weakness, it is recommended that you stop using Pennsaid and consult your prescribing doctor immediately and, if you are unable to continue with the P90X fitness program with joint pain, that program may need to be suspended as well.
P90X is a great fitness program that encourages healthy workout habits in adults who desire a more cut and tones physical appearance. With any aggressive fitness program, you can expect there will be pain and issues with join tenderness along the way. If this is a concern for you, and you are at-risk for discontinuing your P90X program due to joint pain, consult with your doctor about the use of Pennsaid in alleviating your joint pain while in the P90X program. In doing so, you can ensure a greater opportunity for successfully completing the 90 day workout program.
Sources: Journal of Orthopedic Medicine, 2009: 11: 8-13.