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I keep reading about doctors prescribingglucosaminefor arthritis. will this medication help my back pain?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Back pain: Its available otc. Your doctor does not have to prescribe it. It can be tried to see if its helpful.
Dr. Michael Rimlawi
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Facet Arthropathy: You do have joints in the back called 'facet joints' that can become arthritic & cause pain. The pain patients generally complain of when they have arthritis in their spine is when they lean back & the pain increases. If you have this pain you could have 'facet arthropathy'. It's something that can be treated symptomatically first with cold/hot compresses, nsaids, activity modification & rest.

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