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Does glucosamine or chondroitin help joint pain?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Maybe...

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.

In brief: Maybe...

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.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
Dr. Theodore Shybut
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Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology

In brief: No

Total rubbish. Save your money and buy a gym membership.
Routine exercise has a proven medical benefit, and these supplements do not.

In brief: No

Total rubbish. Save your money and buy a gym membership.
Routine exercise has a proven medical benefit, and these supplements do not.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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