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40 year old male, osteoarthritis in left knee.. I know there

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40 year old male, osteoarthritis in left knee..

I know there is no miracle cure, but short of NSAIDS is there any recourse for pain?

Is there any merit to the Glucosamine/chondroitin fad?

Just looking for an opinion, and will readily accept.

Thanks for your time.


Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Family Physician replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question:

There is some evidence that glucosamine/chondroitan may provide some relief to patients, however it is generally small to moderate effect and it will not repair the joint that is so severely damaged that you need a joint replacement.

Most physicians I work with are of the opinion that there is likely no harm in giving this combination a try, but you are not likely to get great benefit and it will likely only put off the inevitable need for a joint replacement for a short time.
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