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Do the pain reliever creams or oils, that you can put on the outside of a swollen sprained joint, actually help the healing at all?
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on the cause
Your pain could be as a result of many different things.
A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy).

In brief: Depends on the cause
Your pain could be as a result of many different things.
A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy).
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Mark Cantieri
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pain relief.
Most topical agents contain an analgesic like Aspirin or menthol and an anti-inflammatory agent like Aspirin again and arnica.
These will help the discomfort but don't actually aid healing per say.

In brief: Pain relief.
Most topical agents contain an analgesic like Aspirin or menthol and an anti-inflammatory agent like Aspirin again and arnica.
These will help the discomfort but don't actually aid healing per say.
Dr. Mark Cantieri
Dr. Mark Cantieri
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Dr. David Lemme
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Topical analgesics
Topical creams for pain usually use menthol as a distractant which overrides the pain sensations.
This does not directly improve healing, but can allow you to return to activity sooner. Continued, albeit reduced, activity improves muscle flexibility, lymphatic drainage, and blood flow, aiding in the healing process.

In brief: Topical analgesics
Topical creams for pain usually use menthol as a distractant which overrides the pain sensations.
This does not directly improve healing, but can allow you to return to activity sooner. Continued, albeit reduced, activity improves muscle flexibility, lymphatic drainage, and blood flow, aiding in the healing process.
Dr. David Lemme
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on the cream
This really depends on the cream - if it is an icy hot-type cream, it may help symptoms but not relieve the underlying inflammation.
There are a few prescription creams that actually contain the powerful anti-inflammatories that can attack the root of the problem.

In brief: Depends on the cream
This really depends on the cream - if it is an icy hot-type cream, it may help symptoms but not relieve the underlying inflammation.
There are a few prescription creams that actually contain the powerful anti-inflammatories that can attack the root of the problem.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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