Dietary Supplements For Osteoarthritis
Joint Wear and Tear
- Physical therapy to increase the strength and flexibility of affected joints
- Prescription or nonprescription pain medicine (eg, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Injections of more powerful anti-inflammatory steroid medicine into the joint
- Joint replacement surgery
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Other Supplements for OA
- S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)–There is some evidence that SAMe may relieve the symptoms of arthritis and be as effective as anti-inflammatory medicine.
- Avocado/soybean oil extracts–The results so far are promising for these extracts in treating OA.
- Cetylated fatty acids—These naturally occurring fatty acids, which are available as an oral supplement and a cream, have also shown some promise.
Your Next Move
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov/
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca/
Seniors Canada On-line http://www.seniors.gc.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian P. Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 06/05/2012 -
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