Glucosamine, chondroitin works on knees

Nov. 18, 2005 at 6:41 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. study says the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate is effective in treating moderate to severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis.

The Glucosamine and Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial, or GAIT, evaluated the efficacy and safety of glucosamine and chondroitin in the treatment of osteoarthritis pain of the knee in 1,258 people.

"GAIT concluded that taking glucosamine and chondroitin in combination may provide an alternative to osteoarthritis of the knee sufferers who are in search of pain relief," said Dr. C. Thomas Vangsness Jr., of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

The study conclusions were announced this week at the American College of Rheumatology's Scientific Meeting in San Diego.

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