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TEAM PHYSICIAN’S CORNER

GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN
SULFATE: WHERE DO WE STAND?

LOUIS C. ALMEKINDERS, MD AS OUR PATIENTS continue their search for safe, inexpensive,

BETH L. JONAS, MD and alternative therapies for their musculoskeletal ailments, we as
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery health care professionals will be questioned frequently regarding new
Division of Rheumatology and Immunology and emerging therapies.
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Some remedies will be merely fads, but others may eventually turn
out to be efficacious. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are two of the
more popular dietary supplements or nutraceuticals that have been exten-
sively marketed to treat joint problems. They are promoted primarily to
treat osteoarthritis but other indications such as auto-immune mediated
synovitis, as a supplement to reconstructive cartilage surgery and even
as prophylaxis in athletes is being mentioned. This article is meant as
an update on the current status of these supplements, with a focus on
clinical effectiveness.

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