n International SportMed Journal - Glucosamine in the management of osteoarthritis




Osteoarthritis is a major public health problem for which there is no cure. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used for this condition, but they have significant side effects. Glucosamine sulfate has been the subject of a large number of clinical trials and several meta-analyses and appears to be an effective agent in the management of osteoarthritis. There is some early evidence that suggests that it might reduce the rate of progression of this disease. The side-effect profile is excellent, frequently documented to be equivalent to that of a placebo. Chondral injuries are common in sport, and although there is currently no research evidence related to the use of glucosamine in traumatic or overuse injuries in sport, it is conceivable that glucosamine might have a role in these difficult-to-manage problems.


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