Here is an article from Orthopedics Today written by Dr. Bert on conservative care of the knee.
In conclusion, the conservative treatment of OA of the knee is important and should be exhausted prior to knee replacement. As a previously obese patient with knee OA once said to me who was the runner up on the “Biggest Loser” TV show approximately 10 years ago; “You can exercise to make yourself feel good, but you win the battle in the kitchen”.
In Part I, we discussed, NSAIDs, short acting, and long acting steroids. Are there other oral supplements that are helpful? Unfortunately, there is minimal data that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are of any benefit in cartilage metabolism when taken orally. Multiple other supplements are available online and in pharmacies, but published peer reviewed studies have given little credence to their effectiveness.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis which affects over 30 million Americans every year and the knee is the most commonly affected joint.