A: Part 1 of your question: What is Osteoarthritis?Mr Vitamin’s advice: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major public health issue and one of the most common types of arthritis around the world. The biggest single risk factor for OA is wear and tear associated with increasing age. OA is characterised by progressive damage to the joint cartilage and changes to the structure of the joint leading to pain, inflammation and limited range of motion. Fluid accumulation and bony overgrowths along with tendon and muscle weakness can occur as part of the degenerative process.
A: Part 2 of your question: Is there anything I can do naturally that has been shown to help?Mr Vitamin’s advice:Yes there is. Current medical treatments typically revolve around symptomatic pain relief with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), which have been linked to a number of dangerous side effects including heart attack and stroke. On the other hand, Naturopaths have been prescribing Glucosamine and Chondroitin for many years, not only for symptomatic pain relief, but to help maintain the integrity of joints.
What are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?Glucosamine and Chondroitin are natural substances found in and around the joint cartilage, helping to reduce inflammation, slow degenerative changes and maintain joint integrity. Chondroitin maintains the fluid content in joint cartilage, acting as a shock absorber.
The Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT)GAIT is the first large-scale, multicentre clinical trial conducted in America to investigate the effects of Glucosamine hydrochloride and Chondroitin sulfate for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
GAIT concluded that a combination of Glucosamine hydrochloride (1500mg) and Chondroitin sulfate (1200mg) daily significantly decreased moderate-to-severe knee pain.