Now, a "miracle" cream which eases arthritis pain in just minutes - even quicker than it takes a headache pill to work, say scientists.
A team at Greek Island Labs company has produced the 'Joint Mud' cream which it claims can reduce arthritis pain by 74% in just 18 minutes, which is 12 minutes quicker than the average off-the-shelf fast action headache relief.
In US trials, long-term users reported a 239% increase in flexibility, mobility and range of motion in aching limbs, the scientists say.
Dr Mark Binette of Greek Island Labs was quoted by the Daily Express as saying, "I have been practising medicine for 21 years and have never seen a product with such staggering results.
"I believe 'Joint Mud' will help millions of people deal with aches and pains. I've seen impressive results in patients suffering from pain in their knees, back, hips, shoulders, hands and fingers."
The makers of the cream claim the organic product will allow people to stop taking over-the-counter pain pills, which can cause liver, kidney damage, stomach ulcers or heart failure.
Among more than 25 ingredients, 'Joint Mud' contains cherry oil and clary sage oil, which the makers say are known in Greece for reducing inflammation and relaxing muscles.
A study by Oregon Health and Science University in the US found cherry oil also helps to quickly reduce pain. Another ingredient is pomegranate oil, which scientists at Ohio's Case Western Reserve University say is good for cartilage cells.