Supplements and Other Alternative Treatments for Osteoarthritis

Alternative Options for Osteoarthritis Treatment

Many people with osteoarthritis become discouraged with typical treatments because the disease progresses over time and symptoms worsen. Consequently, some people may search for alternative therapies aimed at treating osteoarthritis. But people with osteoarthritis need to be careful when considering alternative treatments. This is because treatments that are not shown to be safe and effective through controlled scientific studies may be dangerous.
 
Also, since arthritis symptoms may come and go, a person using an unproven remedy may mistakenly think the remedy worked simply because he or she tried it when symptoms were going into a natural remission.
 
Among the alternative therapies often used for osteoarthritis are:
 
  • Acupuncture
  • Folk remedies, such as copper bracelets or herbal teas
  • Nutritional supplements, including glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate.
     
The following eMedTV articles provide more information about these possible alternative therapies, including what research says regarding how well they work:
 
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