Best Pain Relief Cream: 4 solid creams that work for pain relief!


By: Neil Simons
Updated: 11/05/2020

Best Pain Relief Cream

Are you searching for the best pain relief cream? If so, here at Chronic Pain Scotland, we understand that this search can be demanding. Which creams work? Which pain relief creams are a waste of money? We’ll guide you so that you can make your own decision.

After researching, analyzing, and reviewing the most popular pain relief creams, we rate them across the same five categories to compare pain relief products quickly and accurately. To give you greater confidence in our methods, we’ll lay bare our research process, too.

In today’s hunt for the best pain relief cream, we’ll be rounding up our reviews of the four leading creams in a crowded space.

  1. 1
    Green Roads CBD — Green Roads CBD is well-reviewed by customers for overall pain relief. We found several reports from users detailing reduced pain after applying this topical pain reliever. The other area with positive user testimony is ease of use. 

    These products are not perfect, though. We didn’t score Green Roads CBD so highly for either speed of results or long-lasting effects. It’s not cheap, either.

    Green Roads CBD still earns a worthy place in our collection of the best pain relief creams with these minor gripes set aside.

  2. 2
    Biofreeze Gel — Biofreeze has a suite of natural pain relief products offering a fast-acting temporary relief from a range of pain. While doing nothing to address the underlying cause of pain, users report near-instant relief from an assortment of pain.

    We scored Biofreeze highly for ease of use. All you need to do is lather some gel directly onto the affected area. We also rated this topical pain reliever strongly for speed of results and overall pain relief.

    While Biofreeze is highly effective and great value, you won’t get long-lasting relief, and you’ll do nothing to work on the root cause of your pain with Biofreeze.

  3. 3
    Flexdermal — Flexdermal cream contains powerful natural counterirritants to help distract your brain from pain signals. 

    We rated this cream highly for overall pain relief as well as for delivering practically instant results.

    Not the cheapest option at your disposal and not exceptionally long-lasting either, for quick and effective short-term pain relief, this cream works well.

  4. 4
    Tiger Balm — Tiger Balm has a line of natural pain relief products that all work in much the same way as Flexdermal regardless of formulation. Tiger Balm contains counterirritant ingredients, pain signals traveling to your brain are interrupted by the artificial cooling sensation, and you are distracted.

    We scored Tiger Balm strongly for ease of use, speed of results, and overall pain relief. If this stuff lasted longer and didn’t smell quite so strongly, it might attract even more fans.

    Representing excellent overall value, investing in some Tiger Balm could save the day next time you experience severe pain.

How we reviewed the best pain relief creams

So far, so good. How did we establish the above findings, though?

First, we take a comprehensive look at the ingredients in these pain relief creams. We outline how these work and examine any peer-reviewed studies backing up the manufacturer’s claims. You can then decide for yourself whether you feel the cream will deliver as promised.

We then thoroughly analyze a broad cross-section of user reviews. We’ll look at the good and the bad then report our findings. We also report any inconsistencies we encounter in the data.

By scoring these pain relief creams out of 5 points in the same five areas, you can compare them quickly and easily to determine the best solution.

Overall Pain Relief

Green Roads CBD

green roads cbd cream bottle

We scored Green Roads CBD 5 out of 5 for overall pain relief. Many users reported reduced knee pain and back pain. We found almost nothing by way of contrary testimony either.

Biofreeze Gel

biofreeze tube of gel

Biofreeze managed 4 out of 5 for the way it supports pain relief. It might not attack the root cause of pain, but this gel is well-reviewed by many customers reporting fast-acting temporary pain relief.

Flexdermal

flexdermal tube of cream

Flexdermal also scored 4 out of 5 for overall pain relief. A scattering of negative reviews stopped us from awarding full marks to Flexdermal. These users claimed they experienced no reduction in pain.

Tiger Balm

tiger balm ointment cream jar

Tiger Balm scored 4 out of 5 for its core competency of pain relief. Users talk of less pain from various sources after using this topical pain reliever.

The supports pain relief section accounts for 20% of the overall score.




Instant Results

Green Roads CBD

green roads cbd cream bottle

Green Roads CBD takes some time to work. We only scored this stuff 2.5 out of 5 for speed of results with almost no users claiming fast-acting relief.

Biofreeze Gel

biofreeze tube of gel

Biofreeze gets full marks for fast-acting pain relief. Apply this topical gel and experience less pain in an instant.

Flexdermal

flexdermal tube of cream

Flexdermal also scored 5 out of 5 for the speed of results. As with most topical counterirritants, you should find yourself in less pain almost as soon as you apply this gel.

Tiger Balm

tiger balm ointment cream jar

Tiger Balm scored 5 out of 5 for speed of results, too. Apply the fragrant counterirritant and experience near-instant pain relief.

Instant results accounts for 20% of the overall score


Long-Lasting Results

Now, none of these topical pain relief creams offer long-lasting results. This is not what they set out to do.

We have not weighted these results, so we have still scored long-lasting results based on an alternative offering all-day and all-night pain relief.

As such, all these creams score poorly in this category.

Long-lasting results account for 20% of the overall score.  


Ease of Use/Application

Ease of use is another area in which every one of these pain relief creams excels. Just apply a thin layer of cream or gel, and that’s it. We found no negative user reviews concerning ease of use and these creams and gels.

Ease of use and application accounts for 20% of the overall score.



Bang for Your Buck

Green Roads CBD

green roads cbd cream bottle

Green Roads CBD scored just 2 out of 5 for value. Pricey and more expensive than much of the opposition, this all-natural product works, but you need to pay for the privilege.

Biofreeze Gel

biofreeze tube of gel

Biofreeze is a great value and scored 4 out of 5. 

Flexdermal

flexdermal tube of cream

Flexdermal comes in a small bottle, and it’s not cheap. We could only score this cream 2 out of 5 for bang for your buck.

Tiger Balm

tiger balm ointment cream jar

Tiger Balm gets a solid 4 out of 5 for value. A little goes a long way, and this stuff isn’t that expensive anyway.

Bang for your buck accounts for 20% of the overall score.

How to choose the best pain relief cream for you?

Ingredients

The effectiveness of any pain relief cream hinges squarely on the ingredients’ quality, so let’s start there.

Menthol and camphor are both proven counterirritants that work well in topical pain relief products.

Think carefully about whether you can tolerate any NSAIDs in your pain relief products. Avoid it if necessary.

Always speak with your healthcare provider before using any new topical pain relief product.

Speed of Results

You should ensure that any pain relief cream you’re considering provides relief as quickly as you expect it.

Most of the creams and gels above will stop pain near-instantly.

Interactions with Other Medications

Always speak with your doctor before using any pain relief products.

In the case of topical pain relief creams, you need to check there are no issues with other medications you’re taking. Your doctor will also advise you if the product is safe for you to use.


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