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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Family Practice

Advisor

Dr. Nancy Reid

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Osteoarthritis pain (OA) of the knee is a common musculoskeletal problem presenting in family practice and orthopedic specialty. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) agents are currently the standard of care used to treat the symptoms associated with OA. Unfortunately, many patients are unable to take NSAIDs due to underlying co-morbidities, contraindications, or adverse reactions. Considering these limitations, a more natural option for the treatment of knee OA should be sought. This review concludes that curcumin is an effective therapy for decreasing pain severity in patients with knee osteoarthritis and is comparable to NSAIDs.

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