Yes, the gel is a rub on. I use a brand made by Swiss which comes in a tube, it has a menthol odor which only lasts about 45 seconds and it is also non-greasy. I find the relief lasts for 2 to 4 hours depending on how bad the pain is. Sometimes when the pain is bad is takes the edge of and makes it bearable. There are also MSM creams available at any health food store.
[This message has been edited by kami-girl (edited 09-07-2003).]