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275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

A number of years ago, my wife had some issues related to stiffness in her joints. A nutritionist she was seeing suggested she take glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements to help restore her flexibility. While research has yielded conflicting findings about their effectiveness, she began to recognize some benefits in a relatively short period of time.

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are produced in the human body and are involved in the production and maintenance of cartilage that cushions joints. Glucosamine sulfate is thought to help with cartilage formation and repair, while chondroitin sulfate helps give cartilage its elastic properties and is thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect, which can help to reduce the painful swelling in the joints that occurs when the exposed bones in the joint rub together.

Both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are sold as dietary or nutritional supplements. They are extracted from animal tissue: glucosamine from crab, lobster or shrimp shells; and chondroitin sulfate from animal cartilage, such as tracheas or shark cartilage. So, even though I joke with my wife that she has begun growing a tiny fin in the small of her back, she has a much greater range of motion and far less overall stiffness.

Labels: Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate , NYC , pain management , spine and sports medicine , stiffness

Posted by Spine and Sports Medicine on 3:56 AM

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