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Nutritional Supplements

Recently, nutritional supplements have become a popular for patients with arthritis. Glucosamine and Chondroitin have the most medical support. Veterinarians to treat animals with arthritis first used these supplements.

Glucosamine is a natural building block found in cartilage. Supplemental Glucosamine is produced by extracting it from the shells of crabs and shrimp. Studies have shown it to be useful in reducing pain, especially with arthritis of the hands. Reports of it rebuilding cartilage have been exaggerated. The National Institutes of Health are presently studying glucosamine. Patients with shellfish allergies may be allergic.

Chondroitin Sulfate is commonly taken in conjunction with glucosamine. It is found in cartilage and absorbs fluid. This fluid makes the cartilage more elastic and spongy. Chondroitin may help prevent the breakdown of cartilage as well.

Vitamins C and D -Some studies have indicated that patients low in Vitamin C and D may have a higher incidence of arthritis.

Biomet is a manufacturer of orthopedic implants and does not practice medicine.

This information was prepared in conjunction with a licensed physician and is presented as general information only. Only an orthopedic surgeon can determine what treatment is appropriate. Always ask your doctor if you have any questions regarding your particular condition or treatment options.

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