Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Osteoarthritis
Fox, Beth Anne
Schmitz, Evan D.
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Glucosamine reduces pain and improves function in patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis. (Strength of recommendation: B, based on systematic reviews and a meta-analysis) Glucosamine may be beneficial in other forms of osteoarthritis as well. (Strength of recommendation: B, based on a randomized controlled trial [RCT]) Chondroitin has not consistently been found to improve pain or functional status. (Strength of recommendation: B, based on a systematic review and a meta-analysis)
Clinical Inquiries, 2006 (MU)
American Family Physician, 73(7) 2006.