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A 33-year-old male asked:

Does glucosamine and chondroitin really work?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. MSM is not necessary and adds to the cost of the product.
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Mixed research: Studies have been mixed. In 2010, a trial that included over 600 people with knee osteoarthritis found that pain was relieved for some people, but that over time, the duo was no more effective than placebo. A more recent study again found that benefit was similar to placebo. Evidence is more definitive for low-impact exercise and following the guidance of your MD for pain meds.
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Provided original answer
CBT for chronic pain is also worth considering as the focus is on safely being active and altering any problematic thoughts or other habits that might be exacerbating pain. Best wishes.
Aug 22, 2016

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Does glucosamine and chondroitin really work for everyone?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
No: Glucosamine and chondroitin are supplements that some believe help osteoarthritis pain; studies have shown mixed results; the american academy of orthopedic surgeons recommend against routine prescription of these for knee oa as a randomized controlled trial showed no benefit; believers recommend 1500 mg of glucosamine + 1200 of chondroitin daily for many weeks; maybe try + see if it works for you.
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