When the winter chill comes rolling in, aches and pains can worsen. Be prepared to combat these aches and pains with expert-approved topical products. Whether your pain is from arthritis, injury or just general soreness, these ointments, gels and lotions will help you find relief.
Voltaren Gel ($12)
Rheumatologist and CEO and founder of Rheumatologist OnCall Diana M. Girnita, PhD, suggests Voltaren Gel for mild and moderate forms of arthritis. Since very little of this product is absorbed into the blood, patients can avoid many side effects of oral anti-inflammatory medications, such as kidney problems, gastrointestinal bleeds and an increase in cardiovascular risks, says Dr. Girnita. “Apply on small joints, knees and elbows, and massage it well,” she advises.
Physical therapist Nicholas Bradshaw, DPT, usually recommends Traumeel when patients ask for a good over-the-counter product. “It’s a homeopathic analgesic that helps relieve aches and pain without the harmful side effects you can get from an NSAID or acetaminophen,” says Dr. Bradshaw. “I always encourage and recommend patients to do their own research, refer out to other professionals, and be aware of what works best for their own body.”
Biofreeze Gel ($9)
Dr. Girnita says this product can help patients who have swelling and inflammation. “The cold will numb the skin, and the pain will decrease,” she explains.