Over-the-Counter Treatments for Knee Pain

Over the counter medication is usually a patient’s first option to relieve knee pain. Many patients prefer the pain relieving gels and sprays while others prefer oral medication. Though over the counter medicine comes under many different brands, most of them are made of one of few commonly used chemical compounds.

Popular over the counter pain killers are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ibuprofen and acetaminophen. While non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines and ibuprofen control pain and behave as anti-inflammatory agents, acetaminophen acts by decreasing the sensation of pain felt by the brain. One should not use these medicines if they have stomach issues like ulcers or any history of kidney problems. Acetaminophen should be avoided by patients who have liver problems. The creams and gels, however, have fewer side effects since they don’t actually travel through the entire body.

Important note: Some OTC treatments may have side-effects or may not agree with certain patients. It is best to identify which drugs agree with the patient before purchasing them. Your doctor could advise on the same.

** This web page illustrates various therapies/treatments, which patients generally adopt to treat pain. These illustrations should not be considered as recommendations or endorsements of such therapies by Company for treating such pain. Please consult your surgeon/doctor to find the best available treatment suited for your knee pain.