If you’ve ever engaged in a really intense workout, trained for any sort of race, or competed in a fitness competition, than you’ve likely experienced the type of muscle pain and aches that sneak up the next day like a bad hangover.
Muscle pains and aches are common and may be classified as repetitive strain injuries or RSIs. Usually RSIs can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. But if you have recurring, site-specific pain, a topical pain treatment can be the best way to get relief fast. These topical pain lotions are great options for athletes because they’re designed to be applied to problem areas like knees, shoulders, and any area that might act up after a workout.
1. Penetrex Pain Relief
This pain relief ointment is designed to be applied topically to any place you experience pain, especially joints. It’s formulated with ingredients like glucosamine, arnica, and vitamin B6.
Pros: Minimal smell, we recommend it for tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and back pain.
Cons: The focus of this product is inflammation, so it may not be ideal for pain if not caused by inflammation.
2. Blue Emu Original Analgesic Cream
This cream is formulated with glucosamine, MSM, and aloe vera. It’s also formulated with emu oil, which has essential fatty acids and is designed to help the body absorb the cream.
Pros: No odor or greasiness.
Cons: Derived from animal products, which may be a problem for some.
3. Ultra Strength Bengay Pain Relief Cream
This topical cream is formulated with three pain-relieving ingredients: camphor, menthol, and methyl salicylate. It’s designed to relieve minor arthritis, as well as back, joint, and muscle pain.
Pros: Most affordable option per ounce, can help with sore muscles and back pain.
Cons: Strong smell may be off putting to some.