Pain relief can come in various forms depending on the type of pain it is being used to alleviate. Over the counter medications tend to be weaker and are used as a first step in combating pain. They can be used to treat things like mild headaches, mild muscle pain, stomach ache and some forms of swelling and inflammation.
Chronic pain, including pain caused by arthritis and neuropathic pain, may require stronger forms of pain relief which can be obtained with a prescription. Creams, patches and gels can also be used to relieve pain and swelling in muscles.