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What You Must Know About Your Options for Arthritis Pain Relief

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Do you have arthritis and looking for products and solutions for relief? A quick look at the market, and you’ll find no shortage of options — pills, gels, patches, creams, etc. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably wondering what treatment will work best for you. Perhaps you’ve tried a product that claims to provide lasting pain relief but did not deliver?

Most people tend to think that there’s not much to know about using arthritis treatment products than to rub them unto the afflicted part of the body, which isn’t the case at all. For one thing, most people aren’t aware that arthritis pain differs from that of muscular pain and discomfort. Hence people with arthritis shouldn’t use a topical pain relief cream designed for muscular aches as it does little to relieve joint pain.


Think about it — would you use migraine headache remedies to alleviate a headache that’s due to a sinus infection? Probably not, and the same applies to arthritis pain, which is caused by joint-related problems.

What type of pain relief cream should you use for arthritis?

Perhaps the most popular product marketed towards arthritis pain relief comes in the form of a cream or gel. The latter is directly applied unto the afflicted joints resulting in quicker pain relief as opposed to oral pain medications that have to go through the digestive system. The active ingredients in the cream are rapidly absorbed by the skin, which then seeps through the joints providing immediate relief.

There are generally three types of arthritis creams available in the market — capsaicin, counterirritants, and analgesics (topical). For the best results, it would be prudent to choose the type that fits your condition. We encourage you to read on as we’ll help you do just that!

Capsaicin arthritis cream

Arthritis relief creams that contain capsaicin as a primary ingredient and provides fast-acting relief with a hot sensation in the joints. These creams work particularly well for inflamed joints near the skin, such as the toes and fingers. 

Most capsaicin creams also contain SP (Substance P) — a neuropeptide that targets pain receptors in the brain and helps provide lasting relief.

Counterirritants pain relief cream

Another option for arthritis relief is to use what’s known as a counterirritant. As the name suggests, these creams work by irritating the skin ( a warm or cold sensation), which helps take your mind off the joint pain. 

While the effects of a counterirritant cream are almost immediate, it does nothing to address the root cause of the problem (joint pain) and provides limited relief. Still, it’s a good option for people with only minor symptoms of arthritis.

Analgesics arthritis cream

With a topical analgesic cream, you are applying aspirin to the skin. As you may already know, the latter has a potent anti-inflammatory effect that can provide effective pain relief. That said, analgesics are only applicable in cases when the arthritis pain is due to inflammation and not when there’s damage to the joints itself (friction or wear and tear).

Conclusion

So there you have it — a good look at the different types of arthritis relief creams available on the market. As you might have already realized, not just any arthritis cream will do, and there are factors that you need to consider to make sure that you’re using a pain relief cream that’s specific to your symptoms. Only then can you expect the best results out of any arthritis relief products, whether topical or oral in nature.

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