Many patients use creams, gels, and rubs to achieve muscle pain relief. Medical creams are water-soluble preparations applied directly to the skin. Pain relief gels are jelly-like substances that are also applied by hand. Rubs, as their name suggest, require rubbing in addition to topical application.
Creams, gels, and rubs for muscle pain relief are sold at supermarkets, pharmacies, and drug stores in tubes, bottles, and containers that list ingredients and provide contraindications. There are many types of pain relief creams, so ask your doctor or pharmacist for their recommendations.
If creams, gels and rubs fail to provide muscle pain relief, it may be time to seek medical attention. A torn muscle or ruptured ligament may not heal without surgery and physical therapy.