Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

What are joint supplements?

Dr. Leithold explains joint supplements. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Joint supplements are often considered natural medicines that are sold to be able to help ease joint pain and discomfort, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP).

The two most common joint supplements are glucosamine and chondroitin, according to the AAFP.

Though some people find supplements helpful to easing joint pain, there is conflicting research as to whether these supplements actually help patients at all, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS).

Because the Food and Drug AdministrationOff Site Icon (FDA) does not regulate supplements the same way it does other medications, it’s important to talk with your doctor before taking them.

Your doctor can help you decide which, if any, would be good for you to take, and can make sure the supplements won’t have a bad interaction with any other medications you take.

To learn more about joint supplements, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices