“Taking ibuprofen for painful arthritic knees causes the condition to become worse, research suggests.” [Source: thetimes.co.uk]
Despite being widely promoted and prescribed for the treatment of arthritis, pharmaceutical drugs are clearly not the answer to this health problem. A study published in 2019 found that steroid injections commonly used to treat the condition may actually make it worse.
An analysis of 23 separate clinical trials has similarly shown that opioid drugs have no clear lasting benefit. Published in 2019 and involving more than 11,400 patients suffering from osteoarthritis, the analysis found no evidence that opioids improved the patients’ quality of life or helped with their depression. Moreover, even any benefits for pain seemed to wane with time.
In contrast, research results presented in 2015 show that supplements containing chondroitin sulfate, a natural substance that is an important structural component of cartilage, are significantly better than celecoxib, a multibillion dollar anti-inflammatory drug, in reducing the long term progression of knee osteoarthritis. Carried out by researchers from Canada over a period of two years, the study found that, unlike celecoxib, chondroitin sulfate was able to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis by reducing the loss of cartilage.
To learn how studies conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have demonstrated that a specific combination of micronutrients is effective and safe in improving arthritis, see this article on our website.