Osteoarthritis: Overview for Clinicians
Non-Pharmaceutical Therapy for Osteoarthritis
- Maintain ideal weight
- Anti-inflammatory diet possibly beneficial. Evidence limited.
- Consider omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. More research needed.
- Useful adjuncts to treatment: biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, guided imagery, self-hypnosis, journaling, meditation/mindfulness based stress reduction.
- Mounting evidence for therapeutic value.
- Research showing benefit beginning to emerge.
- Glucosamine 1500 mg daily in 3 divided doses
- Chondroitin Sulfate 1000-1200 mg daily single or divided doses
- S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe) 200 mg tid; may take up to 1600 mg qd
- Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) 500-1000 mg two to three times daily
- Herbal Anti-Inflammatories (see Pearls for Clinicians on Osteoarthritis for dosage, efficacy, and precautions):
- Cat's Claw
- Devil's Claw
- Stinging Nettle
- Willow Bark
- Other supplements: see Pearls for Clinicians on Osteoarthritis for supplements with future promise.
Please see the downloads section at the right for more detailed clinician and patient information.
Disclaimer: This information is for general education. Please work with your health care practitioner to use it in the best way possible to promote your health.
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Handouts for patients:
- Anti-inflammatory Diet
- Omega-3 fats
- Using journaling to aid health
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