Over-the-counter creams and gels can provide temporary relief from osteoarthritis pain by numbing a painful area or by creating a sensation of hot or cool. Some compounds contain aspirin-like medications, so it is important to read the labels and make sure you know what you're using.
Prescription gels are now available that might work more effectively than the over-the-counter gels. Please discuss these newer applications with your doctor.
Although arthritis is often the first illness that comes to mind, our knees are vulnerable to many diseases and conditions. Bone and joint problems are among the most disabling and costly medical issues in the United States.
When you walk, the many parts of your knee usually work together in harmony. Because the stability of your knee depends so much on the supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments, injuries in these structures are common.