Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. OA is sometimes referred
to as degenerative, or wear and tear, arthritis, as opposed to inflammatory arthritis. It may be due
to trauma to the joint, excessive loading of the joint over time, or even because of hereditary
tendencies. OA commonly affects the knee joint. In fact, knee OA is the most common cause of
disability in the United States. Treatments for OA include analgesics, NSAIDs, weight loss,
orthopaedic bracing, total knee replacement, and proximal tibial osteotomy. In addition,
currently in the lay press, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are being heralded as safe and
effective treatments for this condition. A recent study has shown that while these products offer
no additional relief when compared to placebo or NSAID use, the combination of glucosamine
and chondroitin sulfate may offer relief superior to that of placebo in patients with moderate to
severe osteoarthritis of the knee.
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