Preparations chondroprotectors for the treatment of joints
Long-term chronic joint diseases are always associated with dystrophic changes in articular cartilage - its condition and determines the form and stage of the disease. To stop the destruction of cartilaginous tissue and restore its structure, chondroprotectors are used successfully - drugs whose action is directed to nutrition and the formation of new cells of cartilaginous tissue, as well as to the production of synovial fluid - joint lubrication.
Chondroprotectors are one of the main medicines for the treatment of joints.
Chondroprotectors: application point
To better understand the role of cartilage, consider the structure of the joint. The joint surfaces of the bones are lined with a smooth and always moistened layer of cartilaginous tissue. The role of lubrication is synovial fluid, which is produced by cartilage cells. An important condition for its development is movement in the joint: the more actively the joint works, the more liquid is produced. Synovial grease, in addition, also nourishes the cartilage.
If, for one reason or another, the cartilage begins to deteriorate, the underlying bone is exposed, the surface of which is coarse and rough. The opposite cartilage, when in contact with the bone, is also damaged. Because of this defect, the development of the synovial fluid is disrupted: the joint does not receive lubrication, and the cartilage does not receive nutrition. As a result, the cartilage tissue gradually dies, and the joint loses its functions.
Chondroprotectors hinder the development of this process. Their use reduces pain and to some extent helps to relieve inflammation. The composition of these drugs include substances that are normally produced in the human body and are necessary for the formation of synovial fluid.
The active substances of chondroprotectors are chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. The drugs are available in various dosage forms:
- injection solutions;
- tablets, capsules and powders for oral administration;
- ointments, creams and gels.
How to take chondroprotectors?
It should be noted that can only be restored with cartilage that has not yet been completely destroyed, therefore the use of chondroprotectors is most effective in the early stages of the disease. When the total death of cartilage cells has already occurred - the medicines are completely useless. Also important is the lengthy course. Doctors recommend not to be limited to 1 to 2 courses, since this is clearly not enough for a complete regeneration of the cartilage.
Restorative processes in the cartilaginous tissue are rather slow, so do not wait for quick results. For joints, chondroprotectors become, as it were, a source of permanent make-up. If you stop treatment before the time - the cartilage will start to break up again. The average time of course therapy lasts from six months to one and a half years - during this period, a lasting long-term effect is achieved. In some cases, the reception is extended to 2 - 3 years. The daily dose and duration of the course is determined by the doctor.
Chondroprotectors are easily tolerated by patients and have virtually no side effects( in some cases, intestinal disorders may occur).With care appoint these drugs to people with diabetes, because the glucose contained in them should be compensated for by increasing the dose of insulin. Contraindication to the use of drugs will be allergic intolerance, pregnancy and early childhood.
Comparison of chondroitin and glucosamine. Click on the picture to enlarge
The choice of the drug
The choice of preparations of this group is quite wide, and it is not easy for everyone to understand what exactly suits him. Given that the price of chondroprotectors can be very high, and the effect does not come immediately - before buying it is worth to consult with a doctor and together with him choose the most suitable medicine.
Often the course of treatment begins with intraarticular or intramuscular injections, gradually switching to the reception of tablets and capsules. At the same time, ointments, creams and gels with chondroitin and glucosamine are used.
According to arthrologists, the following drugs have proved themselves well:
- Artra tablets manufactured in the USA.Contain glucosamine and chondroitin, are well absorbed, easily tolerated. Produced in packages of 30 - 100 tablets, the price, depending on the size of the package 500 - 2000 rubles.
- Dona - glucosamine powder for oral administration and solution for injection. Produced in Italy( Rottafarm).The cost of packing of 6 ampoules or 20 doses of powder is 900 - 1500 rubles.
- Teraflex is a complex preparation of Sagmel( USA), contains chondroitin and glucosamine, is available in capsules and as a cream. The package contains from 30 to 120 capsules, the price of packing 450 - 1500 rubles. Simultaneously with taking capsules inside to strengthen the effect, it is recommended to use Teraflex cream.
- Chondrolon is an ampoule solution of chondroitin sulfate of Russian origin. The package contains 10 ampoules. Price 1000 - 1300 rubles per packing.
- Structum is a French preparation of chondroitin sulfate in capsules manufactured by Sotex. Produced in packages of 60 capsules in two different dosages( 250 and 500 mg).The cost of the 1st package is 500 - 1300 rubles.
- Elbona is a Russian-made product from Ellara, a glucosamine solution for intramuscular injections. The package contains 6 ampoules. The price is from 900 rubles.
The group of chondroprotectors is referred to as medicines, the effectiveness of which is clinically proven, and food additives that may not contain the active substance at all, since they are not subject to mandatory testing. Therefore, always buy only proven drugs and on the advice of your doctor.
Miracle: a magic cream for your joints
Pain in joints annoys at any age, so it's no wonder the person's dream to find a magic remedy that can easily and effortlessly remove this problem. This always takes into account the new industry of the 20-21th century - commercial medicine. Recently there was another novelty for joints - cream "Shark fat". Let's try to understand, having analyzed the composition of the drug and the responses of people, whether the cream based on shark fat corresponds to all the properties described in the instruction.
Sharks are famous for their stamina, excellent health and survival
Cream from shark fat for joints
Sometimes it is difficult to understand whether a new medicine is really useful, as in medical marketing people are far from being stupid: they always take into account the demand and trend of our time. Today's vision:
- rejection of chemical products
- use of curative products of natural origin and traditional medicine
History of shark cartilage
Cream Shark fat appeared for a reason. Recollect stories, rattling in the media about hoods from shark cartilage, which heal AIDS and oncology. After a while, the boom subsided, since, unfortunately, the trials of drugs in the experimental groups showed an effective effect on their immunity, but they could not be called a healer.
The fact that shark oil-based remedy should have appeared in marketing for a long time, says the very technique of arthrosis treatment:
Cartilage regeneration by artificial substituents of cartilage - chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine acid .
These substitutes have long been known in medicine as chondroprotectors.
Chondroprotectors are synthetic and natural. The composition of natural chondroprotectors, for example, such as Alflutop, includes components that are extracted from marine organisms, including fish
Instructions for the shaving fat cream
. We will acquaint ourselves with the instruction of the Akuliy fat cream.
The composition of the ointment included :
- shark fat
- Improving nutrition of intervertebral discs and joints
- Removing inflammation in the spine and joints
- Fighting arthrosis and arthritis
Shark cream from the bones on the legs
- Preserving the elasticity in the joints
- Acceleration of healing in fractures
- Normalization of metabolic processes in the cartilage
- Strengthening the walls of blood vesselsand the fight against varicose veins, etc.
How to apply the cream is illustrated below:
How to use a shaving fat cream
Let's look at each component of the composition separately to understand the effect of the cream.
Ingredients of shark fat
As you know, sharks are animals that survive in any environment, with virtually no pain. This is the most ancient biological species that existed on Earth millions of years ago. It's no wonder that scientists have studied them far and wide to find out the reasons for the amazing survivability of sharks.
Shark fat contains really many useful substances for the joints and blood vessels :
- Unsaturated fats Omega-3 : e then useful fats that remove excess cholesterol that increase the elasticity of blood vessels
- Alkyl glycerides are a powerful immunomodulator
- Squalamine is a natural antibiotic that destroysfungal and bacterial infection
- Squalene is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant component that contains carbon. Squalene properties:
- Prevents development of inflammatory and oxidative processes in
- cells Restores cells
- Saturates tissues with oxygen
- Regulates water balance
- Enhances immunity
Squalene is often used to treat degenerative degenerative processes in ostearthrosis.
Other components of the cream
The following components of the cream - chondroitin and glucosamine serve to restore the structural and functional properties of the cartilage.
Chondroprotectors in early stages of arthrosis are the main curative remedies
Camphor in the cream can have a local anesthetic effect, it is often used for rubbing and compresses.
Properties of the shark fat cream
Having studied the component components, you come to the conclusion that this cream has all the possible properties:
- Relieves joint pains
- Combats inflammations and infections
- Restores tissues and improves their nutrition
- Prevents loss of water by joints
- Is a chondroprotector
Indications of cream from shark fat according to the instructions are very diverse
Just super-cream, five in one. But we are cynics with you( in the good sense of the word) and we do not like it when they deceive us. Let's see now whether this is possible.
- Yes, temporary anesthesia due to camphor in the composition of the cream is quite possible due to the improvement of blood circulation in the skin.
- Fighting infections? It is also possible, if you have any superficial pustular eruptions and inflammations, and squamamine is included in the composition of the ointment.
- The following properties of "restoration and nutrition of tissues" are so unprovable, so illusory and everywhere applicable, in all instructions, that they neither prove nor disprove is simply impossible.
- Chondroprotective properties in shark cream can indeed be, as it includes chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine( if you believe the manufacturer), but they initially can not be used to the fullest.
Conclusions about the effectiveness of the cream Shark Fat
Having summed up all the properties and also all "and if", we draw such conclusions:
- Cream Shark fat, possibly, has some analgesic, anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties.
- This ointment can be an ineffective chondroprotector.
Chondroprotector can be called a tool not only with the content of the necessary cartilage components, but also with the delivery of these components to the cartilage
The most effective delivery is provided by internal means( injections, tablets), the least effective - with the help of external agents( ointments, creams, gels).
- Perhaps some small percentage of useful elements will reach the joint, but it's a miser.
- To achieve even a very small effect, it will take a long time and a ton of cream, which, most likely, is very expensive.
This refers to any external means-chondroprotektoru, and not only to ointments from shark fat.
In addition, any chondroprotector( both internal and external) can restore cartilaginous tissue only in the early stages of arthrosis
Price of the cream Shark Fat
By the way, about the prices.
On the official website, judging by everything, Kazakh, the price is indicated in tenge - about 5900 tenge, which at the time of writing the article, with the ruble exchange rate to tenge 3.56, corresponds to 1657 rubles.
Compare with the prices of traditional ointments-chondroprotectors :
- Teraflex( composition: chondroitin, glucosamine, camphor, mint) - tube price 25 g - 276 rub
- Chondroitin sulfate - 250 - 380 rub
Maybe the manufacturer of shark fat cream will referon the naturalness and high cost of fat?
Well, let's compare the price of Shark Cream with the price of Alflutop-gel, also expensive and also natural preparation .
- The price ranges from 320 to 1720 hryvnia, that is from 100 to 550 rubles. It turns out, all the same dear Alflutop at times cheaper than our cream
You can also find in online stores a lot and cheap creams from Shark fat: from 40 to 200 rubles per tube. But obviously, these are fakes, in the manufacture of which sharks are not involved, which are honestly warned by official suppliers?
Reviews about chondroprotectors
Such a tool as Alflutop passed the test of time and earned positive reviews from .
Alflutop - a tool-chondroprotector for joint repair
However, they are exclusively about injections of the drug, but not about ointments, which is generally understandable: people honestly write about what helps them. And we already know that all ointments for bones are useless and can be treated only by local processes in the skin and muscles, but not joints.
Reviews about Alflutope
Now it is difficult to understand which chondroprotector to choose( there are so many of them).I know that Alflutop corrects the metabolism + is made from natural raw materials, and there are almost no contraindications. But it's hard to get, and the drug is expensive: 200 - 240 hryvnia 10 ampoules.(A comment of 2010. I wonder what that person would comment on the price of the shark cream today?)
Answers to the
- tip Try Arthur, it's cheaper than
- And I'm changing preparations: I still used chondrolone and teraflex
- My mother heals their legs, but the drug andit's really hard to get
- And my mom periodically pierces Alflutop. He relieves pain, but still does not heal completely. Maybe this is due to the fact that the mother is already old?. .
As for the cream of shark fat, in tops, of course, some positive, similar to each other reviews, as is always the case with the promotion of brands.
Reviews of shark fat cream
- The cream kept my bones healthy
- He saved me from the deposition of
- salts. My grandmother cured
- joints. My skin looked younger and all the wrinkles were smoothed out, etc.
Shark Fat - a good cosmetic product
Negative feedback about this product has not been found yet .
The total result of
Cream Shark fat can be a good cosmetic product, but treatment of the spine and joints with cosmetic means is hardly possible. If this cream helps and bones, then it really is magical.
Video: Useless treatment of arthrosis with ointments
Anecdote about ointment from shark fat
Instruction for use of the drug Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin
Various joint diseases in recent years have seriously "grown younger" and have become more common. Now this problem has to be faced not only by the elderly, but also by middle-aged people. In some cases, even young people. But the main danger of such diseases is the gradual progression and insignificance of the initial symptoms, which is why many people simply ignore them for a fairly long time until it's too late.
It is also characteristic of joint diseases that they are extremely difficult to treat, in most cases "reversing" the problem is simply impossible, all that can be achieved is to stop the development of the disease. At the same time, the best results of treatment are given at the early stages of development, but people usually simply ignore them, as we said above.
About the treatment of joint diseasesTreatment of various joint diseases is almost always done in approximately the same way with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and chondroprotectors, massage and special medical gymnastics. At the same time NSAIDs are needed only to reduce pain, and the treatment itself is provided by chondroprotectors - substances that protect cartilaginous tissues from destruction and promote their early regeneration.
Almost all drugs used in the treatment of joint diseases are based on 2 chondroprotectors - chondroitin and glucosamine, which differ in the principle of action, but the price and instructions for use are almost identical. At the same time, many people try to engage in self-medication with the appearance of the first unpleasant symptoms and take chondroitin or glucosamine as a basis, based on the feedback of other people, rather than consulting a doctor( since there is always time to read the forums on the Internet, but there is always no time to go to the doctor).However, very rarely people understand the difference between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can quickly reduce the pain syndrome, but they have a negative effect on the state of the cartilage tissue( which has already suffered) and chondroprotectors that need to be taken for a long time before the visible effect appears.
Let's try to figure out which of these chondroprotectors "works" better and how they differ.
What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a common chondroprotector that positively affects cartilage tissue metabolism. In doing so, it stimulates the synthesis of collagen and proteoglycans, stimulates the regeneration of cartilaginous tissue, reduces the vasodilating and pro-inflammatory effect of interleukin. In other words, this drug is a kind of "catalyst" for regeneration.
But it should be borne in mind that there are several forms of this drug that differ in effectiveness and method of production. So, the most common are glucosamine sulfate( stabilized with potassium chloride or sodium chloride) and glucosamine hydrochloride( can have an animal or vegetable origin).There are two other forms of this substance, but we do not mention them because of their low efficiency and low prevalence.
Most drugs use glucosamine sulfate, while the price of such drugs is often high enough and they are advertised very actively. But is this the best option?
First of all it should be taken into account that glucosamine has a positive effect regardless of its form. But there are some nuances. Thus, the hydrochloride is a stable compound and has a natural origin. But sulfate requires stabilization, for which potassium chloride or sodium( common salt) is used. As a result, it turns out that the hydrochloride contains more glucosamine( 80-88% vs 58-65% for sulphate).In this case, the hydrochloride is absorbed slightly better( up to 95% against 80% of the sulphate) due to better solubility.
What is chondroitin?
Chondroitin is a structural analogue of human cartilage tissue, but it is derived from the bones and cartilage of fish and farm animals. In this sense, the Katran( prickly shark), stingrays, sturgeon fishes are very much appreciated. It is chondroitin, isolated from bone-cartilaginous fish tissue, is the most active.
Chondroitin sulfate gives an anti-inflammatory effect, while it stimulates the regeneration of cartilaginous tissue. In addition, this drug has another valuable property - it increases the resistance of cartilage tissue to various chemical effects, in particular - to the destructive effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In doing so, it helps improve the penetration of the affected joint glucosamine.
It is also interesting that the bioavailability of this component is higher when it is applied topically, because chondroitin sulfate is more useful as an ointment, because the price for it is higher, and not like tablets, the instruction for which is much simpler and rarely speaks about this difference. But the effectiveness of this drug is high even in tableted form, therefore, along with ointments such as Chondroitin-Acos, tablets are also produced, for example - Arthra.
Studies have shown that the annual application of chondroitin stabilizes radiographic indices, seriously reduces pain syndrome and significantly increases the mobility of the joint. The first positive "shifts" become noticeable as early as the third month of treatment, gradually increasing. It should be borne in mind that the effect of eliminating the pain syndrome in this case comes later than in the case of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but the effect of chondroitin continues for several months after the drug is no longer taken. In NSAIDs, a relapse occurs immediately after the drug is withdrawn.
In other words, in a dispute between two chondroprotectors, chondroitin is often given preference, since it is more effective, but its cost is much higher.
What are combination drugs?
Given the advantages of the various components described above, and the fact that chondroitin and glucosamine perfectly combine and complement each other( for example, chondroitin promotes better absorption of glucosamine, which in this case becomes "brickicom" for restoring cartilaginous tissue, while protecting cartilage fromeffects of NSAIDs), then it was quite logical to create a unique drug that would represent a complex of these components.
For example, there are a number of drugs in which the active component is not one, but simultaneously there are glucosamine and chondroitin - Doppelgerz Active, Glucosamine Maximum, and a number of others, while the price for them was not so high. Studies have shown that this combination gives a better result at times in terms of the production of glucosoamlingicans. So, the use of one component usually increases production by about 30%, and two simultaneously - up to 90%.
Now there was another interesting option - the glucosamine-chondroitin complex was supplemented with ibuprofen( a popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).Due to the fact that glucosamine sulphate, when combined with ibuprofen, has a synergistic effect, which allows for much lower doses of NSAIDs. So, to achieve an analgesic effect in such a combination, a dose that is 2.5 times less than the standard dose is sufficient. Due to this, as well as the presence in the combination of chondroitin, it is possible to avoid the harmful effect of NSAIDs on the cartilaginous tissue, which also affects the speed of the regeneration process.
But with this combination of drugs there are difficulties. NSAIDs with prolonged use lead to the appearance of a number of side effects, because such drugs are usually used no more than 3-4 weeks. Further use can lead to the development of various side effects, but usually this time is enough to show an anesthetic effect of the chondroprotectors accumulated in the body compensated for the exclusion of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Gel-balm with chondroitin is recommended as an adjuvant for the treatment of joint diseases: osteochondrosis, radiculitis, arthrosis, arthritis, gout.
Chondroitin promotes restoration of cartilaginous surfaces of joints and spine, reduces degenerative changes in joints, improves their mobility, stimulates the regeneration of cartilaginous tissue.
Glucosamine increases the body's ability to produce collagen and proteoglucan necessary for joint repair, has anti-inflammatory effect.
Vitamins В1, Вб accelerate the regenerative processes in the nervous tissue.
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Promotes the restoration of the cartilaginous surfaces of the joints and spine, reduces degenerative changes in the joints, improves their mobility, stimulates the regeneration of the cartilaginous tissue, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
How to use
Apply gel-balm to clean skin in problem areas 2 times a day, in a circular motion until completely absorbed.
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