Pain Relief Cream - Soothe Aches and Pains

Pain relief cream is a topical medication that helps alleviate muscle aches, joint pains, and discomfort caused by minor injuries or arthritis.
Topical Treatment
Where to get
Available over the counter
Applicable for
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Pain Relief Cream FAQ

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How do pain relief creams work?

“Pain relief creams work by stimulating a sensation, such as cooling in the case of menthol-containing creams, that distract from the pain sensation,” explains Dr. Marcus. But there are different methods of action, depending on the ingredients.

What is the best pain relief cream?

Penetrex’s Therapy Cream is our top overall choice because its loaded with soothing ingredients that can help reduce inflammation. It features arnica, a herb frequently used in pain relief creams to soothe the skin, as well as popular ingredients like vitamin B6 and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).

Do pain relief creams really work?

Pain relief creams can temporarily quell inflammation or reduce pain when applied directly to the skin. “Not all pain is the same,” said Susan Bard, MD, a dermatologist at Vive Dermatology, explaining that different pain relievers meet different needs.

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