Glucosamine And Chondroitin are two supplements taken in combination or on their own to reduce the pain of osteoarthritis in the knees and hips. According to the article, ‘Joint Pain Supplements, Glucosamine And Chondroitin Do Not Help Symptoms’, researchers state in the British Medical Journal, that glucosamine and chondroitin do not alleviate chronic joint pain.
Though the author feels that these supplements do not reduce pain, he also feels that taking these supplements doesn’t harm patients and they are not dangerous for human health. Professor Peter Juni at the University of Bern in Switzerland commented: “We see no harm in having patients continue these preparations as long as they perceive a benefit and cover the cost of treatment themselves.” (Sounds a bit contradictory and condescending to me)!
Published studies on the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin are inconclusive. Some published studies indicate these supplements are very effective in eliminating arthritic knee and hip pain. Other published studies suggest they are totally ineffective. Professor Juni and his team of researchers examined the results of 3,803 patients taking chrondroitin, glucosamine, or a placebo for arthritic pain. The outcome of these trials indicated that glucosamine taken alone or in combination with chondroitin did not reduce joint pain.
Juni believes that the reason some patients feel that these supplements help reduce their pain is due to the natural course of osteoarthritis (i.e., the pain waxing and waning) or a placebo effect.
I have found that the placebo effect can work, but only for a period of time. For example, in one study a group of patients were given sugar pills for six months to control their knee pain. They were told that the sugar pills were a new and effective drug. For the first few months nearly a third of the patients reported a dramatic decrease in their knee pain, but a follow up six months later, reported that almost all these patients had a reoccurrence of pain.
Glucosamine And Chondroitin Might Reduce Your Chronic Joint Pain, But To The Detriment Of Your Joint Health
However, my point is not whether these supplements are effective or not, but rather that these supplements (glucosamine and chondroitan) are dangerous to the health of the patient’s joints. I have found, through my own surgical experience, that patients who had been taking these supplements long term had rubber-like irregular deposits coating their joint surfaces. These clumps are almost impossible to remove and can cause locking of the joint and/or restriction of its motion, making joint replacement a necessity. And so my final statement is that although there is no irrefutable evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin reduce chronic joint pain, they are indeed dangerous to your joint health.
To read more on why glucosamine and chondroitin are dangerous to your joint health, go to: Update – More Reasons Why People With Joint Pain Must Not Take Glucosamine!
For more information on glucosamine and chondroitin, read: Glucosamine/Chondroitin – Is It Really Safe?
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Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain