I don’t have an answer to your question, but do want to put in a plug for total knee replacement. I had a knee replacement twenty years ago and my knee is still doing wonderfully. Recovery from surgery was not fun, but I am so glad that I did it now, as have no pain in the repaired knee. I hike and backpack.
Collagen for articular cartilage – bogus, or something to it?
I am wondering if anyone in the community has used collagen peptides to help for regenerating articular cartilage, and either had success or at least improve articular cartilage health/reduce pain, in particular in the knee?
Collagen seems to have become popular, with a spectrum of products that appear to range from marketing gimics to potentially backed by science. My reading of the research is that the results are mixed at best. I found one product (Fortigel) that seems to have good results from a solidly designed clinical trial, but the trial was funded by the company that makes it, so leaves me a little suspicious. Still, I’m sick of knee joint pain, it signficantly hampers my performance and ability to maintain consistency, MRIs make it clear the problem is degenerating cartilage (advanced/aggressive osteoarthritis). I’ve already had 2 surgeries (OATs in my L knee and R knee) that took a long time to come back from, and I’m very hesitant to have surgeries again so soon if there are other options.
Any thoughts or suggestions on this are welcome.
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