Ever wondered if supplements really work for Osteoarthritis?

The supplementary medical market is a multi-billion dollar industry, and much of this is squarely aimed at a condition 50% of us can expect to contract beyond the age of 50 - osteoarthritis.

So, what can we do about this for our patients? Should we be recommending supplements? Do they work? Do we even know what they do, or if there is a downside to them? Well, a brand new meta-analysis certainly helps answer a few of these questions..

Dietary supplements for treating osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Liu et al, BJSM 2017 on line first, October 10th.


Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of dietary supplements for patients with osteoarthritis.


An intervention systematic review with random effects meta-analysis and meta-regression. Data sources MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials, Allied and Complementary Medicine and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature were searched from inception to April 2017. Study eligibility criteria Randomised controlled trials comparing oral supplements with placebo for hand, hip or knee osteoarthritis.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical