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Are oral hyaluronic acid supplements effective for treating joint pain?

There are no good studies showing that hyaluronic acid taken orally or in any other form treats joint pain or anything else.

The only approved use of hyaluronic acid is for injections into a joint. They coat the inner joint and offer some "padding". The hyaluronic acid disappears in five to nine months and symptoms return. The next time hyaluronic acid is injected, it lasts only about three months.

Information on hyaluronic acid (Synvisc) injections

Checked 2/22/17

May 29th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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