How effective is chondroitin for treating osteoarthritis?

Unknown. Just like glucosamine, chondroitin has not shown to be significantly helpful in oa. Of course there are people who do take these supplements and believe they are helpful for oa. In my practice, I have not seen significant benefit but i see patients with fairly severe oa.

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How will chondroitin help treat osteoarthritis?

May help. A study recently showed it to relieve hand pain from oa, but it would not reverse or stop the arthritis process. Read more...

How will chondroitin compare to nsaids for the treatment of osteoarthritis?

Likely not as good. Although a study last year showed chondroitin improved hand oa pain, it still isn't usually as effective as nsaids. Read more...

Can glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Variable. Some people report considerable relief with this combination, others report no help at all. Interestingly, in dogs, relief is much more common. The only way to find out is to try it for 3 months as it may take that long. Consider adding msm to the regimen as that acts as an anti-inflamatory and can also help. As always, check with your primary care physician first. Read more...
Variable. 65% of the population it will help some but you have to take it for a minimum of three months. Read more...

My grandmother is 70 and her doctor told her she has osteoarthritis. Does glucosamine and chondroitin really work?

Not really known. When the diagnosis of degenerative disease like osteoarthritis is diagnosed , the disease is already established . There is conflicting data out there that glucosamine and chondroitin might help to slow the progression . The medicines are pretty harmless . I personally would recommend to try it for couple of months and see of there is any difference . Read more...
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. Read more...

Chronic pain fr hip to thigh. Sometimes stiff n worsen by movement. Osteoarthritis? Glucosamine+chondroitin+msm help?

Maybe hip bursitis. It is likely that you have a condition called trochanteric bursitis of your hip--it is inflammation of the area surrounding the curve of the hip-thigh bone. Possibly resulted from excessive use/walking/running and/or laying on the side on a firm/hard surface too long. Hip arthritis and disc disease can cause hip pain as well. Motrin/aleve may help. If not better, consult doc for eval. Good luck. Read more...
See details. I would have the situation evaluated and x rays done first. Glucosamine may have some value but a response to it is far from a sure thing. Read more...
When there's OA. 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. Start when arthritis is evident and painful. Read more...