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Glucosamine Found Ineffective In Relieving Arthritis Pain

July 7, 2010: 04:29 AM EST
The market for popular over-the-counter supplement glucosamine is fairly large – more than 20 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. But new clinical research from Norway has found that glucosamine does not relieve chronic lower back pain caused by osteoarthritis. The results are similar to those from other studies that found little benefit from taking glucosamine to treat arthritis. In this study, researchers tested 1,500 mg. of glucosamine or a placebo on 250 patients with chronic back pain and degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis. The patients were checked at three, six and twelve months. No significant pain reduction was detected in either the glucosamine or placebo group. “Based on our results, it seems unwise to recommend glucosamine to all patients with chronic lower back pain and degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis,” the researchers concluded.
P. Wilkens, I.B. Scheel, O. Grundnes, C. Hellum, K. Storheim, "Effect of Glucosamine on Pain-Related Disability in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain and Degenerative Lumbar Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial", The Journal of the American Medical Association, July 07, 2010, © American Medial Association
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