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How can capsaicin creams, gels, or patches help my knee pain?

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Capsaicin creams, gels, or patches lower the amount of a chemical in your body that sends pain messages to your brain. The product may sting or burn, and you have to put it on your skin regularly so it keeps working.

From: Which Medicines Treat Knee Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 15, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/15/2017

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health Systems: "Knee Problems and Injuries."

UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Department: "Sports Medicine."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Acetaminophen," "Aspirin," "Ibuprofen," "Naproxen," "Diclofenac Topical (osteoarthritis pain)."

FDA: "Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Label Tylenol Regular Strength."

Arthritis Foundation: "Supplement Guide: Capsaicin."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone Shots," "Knee pain: Treatment."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Therapeutic Injections for Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 15, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health Systems: "Knee Problems and Injuries."

UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Department: "Sports Medicine."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Acetaminophen," "Aspirin," "Ibuprofen," "Naproxen," "Diclofenac Topical (osteoarthritis pain)."

FDA: "Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Label Tylenol Regular Strength."

Arthritis Foundation: "Supplement Guide: Capsaicin."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone Shots," "Knee pain: Treatment."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Therapeutic Injections for Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 15, 2017

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