Thursday, 22 March 2007

Glucosamine for knee osteoarthritis

Athletes with osteoarthritis of the knee joint often suffer from recurrent pain and swelling of the joints after intensive running and jumping. Current research provides good evidence to support the use of glucosamine sulfate in the treatment of mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis. Most studies have used crystalline glucosamine sulfate supplied by one European manufacturer (Rotta Research Laboratorium). Results of a recent large clinical trial (GAIT) comparing the effects of glucosamine / chondroitin sulphate for treatment of knee osteoarthritis did not show any additional benefit except in the patients with moderate to severe pain from osteoarthritis. A more recent study (GUIDE) shows in a 6 months random placebo controlled trial that oral glucosamine sulphate (1500mg/day)is more effective that placebo or acetamenophen (3gm/day). ARTHRITIS & RHEUMATISM Vol. 56, No. 2, February 2007, pp 555–567

Most of my athletes with mild to moderate Osteoarthritis have had symptom relief and functional improvement after taking Glucosamine for a tleast 1 to 3 months. Those with recurrent swelling and pain would also benefit from a course of three to five Intra-articular Hyaluronic Acid weekly injections. Athletes who undergo this injection are advised not to continue with vigorous running and jumping during the course of treatment. These athletes would also be given other forms of exercises to improve strength and stability.

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Raymond Hee said...

Hey Doc,Im a triathlete and injuries are part of my life.
May i know where is your clinic? said...

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