There is some evidence supported by clinical studies that supplements such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin and Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation in a joint caused by arthritis. Patients should talk to their doctors about whether supplements are appropriate to treat their hip osteoarthritis condition. This video discusses the effectiveness and risks of supplements for hip osteoarthritis.
Video presented by Grant Cooper, MD
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There are two major components to treating hip osteoarthritis. The first is taking away the inflammation from the joint to alleviate the pain; the other is to make sure we address the biomechanics to take the pressure off the hip so that the inflammation does not return.
A lot of times people who treat osteoarthritis are asked about supplements. As we all know, there are a lot of supplements on the market that are oriented to help with the pain of osteoarthritis.
With hip osteoarthritis, the most evidence that is out there exists for Glucosamine and Chondroitin. That’s what’s been studied the best – Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements. The earlier evidence really looked very pro-Glucosamine and Chondroitin. As more studies have come out, that evidence has been a lot more mixed, and now there is a lot of controversy over whether it helps at all or how much does it help.
What I usually tell patients is, Glucosamine and Chondroitin will not hurt you, if you have any interest in them, they are worth trying. If anything it’s going to hurt your wallet, assuming no contraindications. Take it for a few months and see if you feel like it is helping. If it is helping, then continue taking it for a little while and then stop. If the pain comes back, then you know that it probably was doing something for you. If the pain does not come back, maybe it helped, maybe time and other things were helpful as well.
Another supplement that is worth considering for some people are Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in our diet. There is not really a lot of evidence with Omega-3 fatty acids and hip osteoarthritis in particular, but they are generally thought to be anti-inflammatory. And so, for a whole host of reasons, it may be worth considering talking with your doctor about whether Omega-3 fatty acids are right for you, realizing that there is not really any evidence specifically to support Omega-3 fatty acids in treating hip osteoarthritis.