BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Notice pain in your knees? Maybe it's an ankle. Osteoarthritis is very common. You may think that pills are your only source of pain relief.
But there is an alternative -- creams or gels that you rub on the joint.
A recent review of studies by the Cochrane Collaboration found that a prescription anti-inflammatory cream worked just as well as anti-inflammatory pills in relieving mild to moderate arthritis of the knees or hands.
FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean talked with Becky Culbertson, a pharmacist at St. Mary's Medical Center, about prescription and over-the-counter gels and creams.