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Knee Problems and supplements - GLUCOSAMINE(3 posts)

Knee Problems and supplements - GLUCOSAMINEDannyBoy
Apr 18, 2001 10:23 AM
This ties in with my patella tendonitis posting of last week. Has anyone used a Glucosamine and/or Chondroitin supplement to alleviate knee problems? Any luck and how much d'ya take???
re: Knee Problems and supplements - GLUCOSAMINEJim Heckman
Apr 18, 2001 11:27 AM
I have been using Glucosamine/Chondroitin for about 4 months. I too suffer from patellar tendonitis and a bit of Osgood-Schlatter. IMHO I really have seen no difference while using Glucosamine. The only three things that I have found that have worked are:
1.) RICE (rest, ice, compression & elevation)
2.) Spinning at a higher RPM with less resistance
3.) As corny as they look Cho-Pat straps have helped erase all pain while riding. I actually bought one from Road Runner Sports that seems to stay up better than the Original Cho-Pat straps.

Glucosamine is supposedly helpful in maintaining current cartllage. This has even been proven in tests, but it is not IMHO helpful with tendonitis. If someone suffers from chondromalacia, this may be helpful. Using NSAIDS like Ibuprofen (2) before riding will help reduce any inflammation.
Won't help tendinitis.3kidney
Apr 26, 2001 12:11 PM
It does work with chondromalacia though. There used to be a good book called "save your knees" by James Fox MD that covers diagnosis and treatment for various knee problems that I recommend if you can find it.

Offhand I'd say you did too many squats.