The effects of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate on osteoarthritis of the TMJ: a preliminary report of 50 patients.


Shankland WE 2nd






The signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are common complaints seen in patients suffering with chronic temporomandibular disorders (TMD), specifically, internal derangements with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. With or without the complaints of pain and swelling, joint noises are bothersome and annoying to both the patient and at times, to those seated close to the patient during mealtime. In fact, many patients are driven to seek care by family members because of his or her TMJ noises. For years in veterinarian medicine, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates have been used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis. Recently, the use of these two supplements has been recommended for human beings as well. Reports of decreased joint noises, pain and swelling after the administration of therapeutic doses of these supplements have sparked an interest in their possible use in the treatment of osteoarthritis.