Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

Are topical rubs or creams effective in the treatment of arthritis?

Dr. Michael Raab explains how topical rubs or creams may be used to treat arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Topical rubs or creams work by being absorbed through the skin surrounding the affected joint, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon. While effective, a small percent of patients have some reaction, usually skin related, including rashes, irritation or itching, according to AF.

Other over-the-counter medications used to treat arthritis include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon.

Talk to your doctor about topical rubs and creams in the treatment of arthritis.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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