Effective Creams for Joint Pain and Swelling

Question

I am 51 yo active female 5’2″ 118 lbs who developed RA in my fingers over the last 5 years. I am physically active every day, and I go to the gym. In the last few weeks I have developed painful swelling in my right knee joint. Are there any effective creams or diet that will help with the pain and the swelling?

Answer

Topical therapies for RA can be transiently helpful. Caspacin and topical NSAIDs can provide some relief when only a few joints are involved. However, it is important to note that topical therapies have not demonstrated efficacy in preventing joint damage over time – which is a very important outcome to prevent disability in our RA patients.

Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

About Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University