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Is arthritis pain holding you back? Maybe you need to top your joints off with cream.

Topical creams with cetylated fatty acids reduce pain and improve function in arthritics.

If arthritis pain has been holding you back from exercising, or possibly moving, a topical cream might be your solution. you're you’re not alone.There is an estimated 37 million Americans suffering with arthritis and its associated pain, with over half being older than the age of 70 years.

Not just any average topical cream. Many creams just add heat to the surface, often irritating your skins’ surface but doing little else. Several recent studies have looked at the effectiveness of topical creams containing cetylated fatty acids in reducing pain and improving function and found them to be very effective.

One study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research performed by Kraemeret al.tested the effectiveness of a cetylated fatty acid topical cream on the reduction of arthritis pain in a group of 50 to 80 year-olds. Most experienced severe pain in the knee, elbow, and wrist joints. Each subject was tested for pain and functional performance before and after the use of the cream.

After just one week of using the cream twice daily, the subjects experienced significant improvements:

If warming up with limited range of motion movements is not alleviating your pain you may need something more. The goal here is to get you active while limiting your pain so you can remain active for years to come. The two cetylated fatty acids creams on the market right now are Celadrin and Everflex Pain Creams. So look for this odd sounding fatty acid in your over-the-counter topical cream and ask your doctor about one with cetylated fatty acids to see if it is right for you.

Written by Dr. Sternlicht for on 09.24.05