Study: Gels, creams better than tables for knee pain

June 23, 2008 1:44:06 PM PDT
British scientists say gels or creams containing painkillers are better than tablets for chronic knee pain. A study at Queen Mary University in London surveyed 585 patients over the age of 50 who found anti-inflammatory creams worked as well as the oral versions and had fewer side effects such as indigestion, raised blood pressure, or worsening asthma.

It is estimated that a third of people over 50 suffer from some form knee pain or arthritis.

The study has been published on the National Institute for Health Research's Web site.


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