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Supplements for Osteoarthritis (AAOS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 03/10/2014
Many people with osteoarthritis have knee pain. They often try over-the-counter treatments -- chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine -- to help the pain, and to avoid knee surgery. But these popular supplements don’t work. Many studies have shown that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate do not help to relieve arthritic knees.