Dr. Jeffrey Kovacic from Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Center answers a reader’s question about joint pain.
Q: Do “natural” joint supplements, such as fish oil, that are advertised and sold in stores actually work to help alleviate joint pain?
A: Only a few “natural” joint supplements have ever been scientifically investigated. The majority of available data is on chondroitin and glucosamine. Some studies show a reduction of osteoarthritis pain with their use, while other studies show no effect. I recommend a three-month trial of chondroitin and glucosamine to my patients who don’t have certain allergies or other medical conditions.
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