We often hear around the office from patients that they had tried Chondroitin and Glucosamine supplements for osteoarthritis and had not better results, however upon questioning them, we find that they had only been taking it for a short time. In most cases, supplementation is needed to be done for weeks on a regular basis before the effects are truly felt. The study reviewed today further strengthens that when chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are taken for painful knee osteoarthritis regularly, the results are comparable to a prescription drug, celecoxib.
A recently published study in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease, titled “Combined chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine for painful knee osteoarthritis: a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial versus celecoxib.” The head of author of this study was Professor Marc C Hochberg who is at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. A free copy of the study can be found ONLINE HERE.
The objectives of this study was to “compare the efficacy and safety of chondroitin sulfate plus glucosamine hydrochloride (CS+GH) versus celecoxib in patients with knee osteoarthritis and severe pain”.
The overall conclusion of this study found that “CS+GH has comparable efficacy to celecoxib in reducing pain, stiffness, functional limitation and joint swelling/effusion after 6 months in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, with a good safety profile.”
While we can only follow this study for its data found in knee osteoarthritis, it seems fair that when taken regularly, should effectively help decrease pain and tenderness from all other areas of osteoarthritis to an acceptable extent.
Taking this study a step further, we commonly keep a product from Anabolic Laboratories called Nutra-Disc. Nutra-Disc contains Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Sulfate. Nutra-Disc also contains Turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory and an enzyme blend. The enzymes found in this product are Bromelain, Protease 6.0, Protease 4.5, Serrazimes, Chymotrypsin, Papain.
At our office, we use a few different techniques for treating pain and tenderness from osteoarthritis, including, Active Release Technique, IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation), Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy, and supplemental and nutritional support, as well as many others.
Nutra Disc Label Zoomed In (Easy to read!) – nutra-disc-label