Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate

Dietary supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are popular among patients who suffer from painful osteoarthritis.
People using these supplements hope that they will relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, and even repair or restore the joint cartilage. Recent evidence supports the first claim, with few reported side effects.
But there is no proof that either substance, taken singly or in combination, will actually slow the degeneration of or restore arthritic cartilage.
Since Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are not regulated by the FDA, Buyer Beware! A recent study by showed that almost half of the supplements tested did not contain the labeled amounts of ingredients.
You usually need to take the supplements for a minimum of 3 months before seeing any effect. Therefore, in the meantime, Don’t Stop Your Current Regimen of Diet, Exercise, Medication, or Other Therapies That are proven.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM online at team and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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