Recently there has been a growing interest in the use of cartilage protecting substances in the US. Because they are viewed as a form of alternative medicine, chondroitin protective agents have been classified as nutritional supplements, which are usually are not regulated by the FDA.
While not accepted widely by physicians, the general public has embraced the use of these therapies. In fact, in recent surveys up to 50% of people polled believed that their use resulted in a cure for their condition. As an orthopaedic surgeon, I am often asked about the efficacy of both chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate, in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
Learn Dr. Luciano-Perez’ answer and opinion on these supplements on the Bon Secours Health Blog – BS757.