Dietary Supplements For Osteoarthritis
Joint Wear and Tear
- Physical therapy to increase the strength and flexibility of affected joints
- Prescription or nonprescription pain medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Direct injections of more powerful anti-inflammatory steroid medication into the joint
- Direct injections of hyaluronic acid to help with joint lubrication
- 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 medication.
- 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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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 04/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/26/2014 -
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