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What are topical medicines for joint pain?

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Topical means it goes on your skin. Capsaicin --- a substance found in chili peppers -- may relieve joint pain from arthritis and other conditions. Capsaicin blocks substance P, which helps transmit pain signals, and it triggers the release of chemicals in the body called endorphins, which block pain. Side effects of capsaicin cream include burning or stinging in the area where it is applied. Another topical option is an arthritis cream containing methyl salicylate.

From: Joint Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Reporting Joint Pain or Stiffness - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006."

Collyott, C.L. 2008. Orthopaedic Nursing,

Palmer T. , 2004. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

Vangsness, C.T. Jr. , 2009. Arthroscopy

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 12, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Reporting Joint Pain or Stiffness - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006."

Collyott, C.L. 2008. Orthopaedic Nursing,

Palmer T. , 2004. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

Vangsness, C.T. Jr. , 2009. Arthroscopy

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 12, 2017

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