Medical Clinic of Houston
Arthritis: What Therapy Works?
Dr. Alan Friedman, a Rheumatologist from the Medical Clinic of Houston, joined Dr. Galati to discuss new therapies for arthritis.
The medical costs for arthritis topped $80 billion in 2003. It is estimated that 46 million Americans suffer from arthritis, many whom are now considered baby boomers. The rise in medical cost are related to the cost of medications, which is roughly $75 billion.
Over the past several years, more "natural" products have been available for those with arthritis. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are substances found naturally in the body. Glucosamine is a form of amino sugar that is believed to play a role in cartilage formation and repair. Chondroitin sulfate is part of a large protein molecule (proteoglycan) that gives cartilage elasticity. While there was initial excitement about these products, later reserach found that there do not improve pain, or reduce the dame that has occured. Dr. Friedman will discuss these new finding, as well as additional topics related to rheumatology which include the following areas: