Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Frequent use of oral OTC pain relievers can have negative side effects. Sometimes topical relief can be safer, and more effective, directing relief exactly to the point of pain.
Salonpas is a company that started in Asia and has been around for decades, expanding into the United States more recently. They have a variety of products: patches of different sizes, sprays, and creams and ointments. Products get FDA approval and are available nationwide.
They've been effective for me. The products do reduce pain. Some have an immediate cooling or warming effect; others are more subtle but still work.
If you'd like a chance to try them out for yourself, leave a comment with how you'd most likely use Salonpas! Deadline is November 2nd.