Dr. Scott Steinmann discusses how Glucosamine and Chondroitin might help ease Thumb Arthritis pain.
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Those materials are the building blocks of cartilage and a lot of my patients come in whether they have shoulder arthritis, elbow arthritis or hand arthritis, questioning whether they should be taking those medicines, and from what we understand from those types of medicines, they are very safe from a safety standpoint as far as they don’t have any other side effects or cross reactions. So I think it’s reasonable to take those medicines for thumb arthritis if the patient feels that they are getting some benefit from that. We have to understand that there’s no scientific evidence that shows that those type of medicines have an effect on thumb arthritis, but if a patient thinks it’s helping them, I am on favor of that. Basically a way to look at it is those are the building blocks, but you can supply the building blocks, but your body has to then use it to make cartilage or to keep the cartilage healthy and that’s the part we don’t quite have scientific proof of yet.