Osteo-Arthritis is the most common form of arthritis today. And for people suffering from this ailment popping a few pills can help relieve the pain. But recently popular drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex have come under fire, because studies continually associate them with heart problems.
Rheumatologist Dr. Carol Beals says her patients are frequently alarmed, "They come back from the drugstore and say, Dr. Beals look at this. It has a warning on it. Should I take it?"
The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin have been recommended by doctors to help with pain and bone repair. But just this week a study by the National Institute of Health says using the pills does little for a patient.
But Dr. Beals says the study is inaccurate, "People do seem to get pain relief from it. And I see it everyday. I see it every single day in my practice, people who have benefited from glucosamine."
So she says she is going to continue telling her patients to take the supplements. She says her and other doctors are also turning to old remedies to treat arthritis. Remedies like Aleve and Motrin.
"Most of out patients are back on these old drugs and they work. They work."
Dr. Beals says at time when so many arthritis drugs could put patients at risk, the best alternatives are the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin, plus over the counter medications.