I’ve had several patients ask me about using glucosamine to help treat osteoarthritis—the most common form of arthritis. It has been touted to help with joint pain, but are the claims a stretch?
Though research has been conflicting, overall results seem to point to positive results—but not for everyone.
However, glucosamine shouldn’t be your first step. Regular exercise, weight loss, and a diet high in fruits and vegetables are all part of a successful treatment program. Physical therapy can also help.
That said, I believe glucosamine sulfate, in particular, may be effective for relieving pain and improving joint function, associated with osteoarthritis—especially of the knees—and for anyone struggling with this frustrating condition, that’s a relief.
Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.
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