Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Some people prefer treatment options that complement traditional medicine such as acupuncture or herbal supplements that can help you stay healthy, feel better, and manage medical problems safely. To ensure the best possible treatment, please talk to us about your options.
Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin are joint supplements that may decrease knee and hip pain associated with osteoarthritis. Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin may also improve functions such as walking, bending, and getting up and down. Both are found naturally in the body's tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and other tissues.
Glucosamine in supplements often comes from shellfish (crab, lobster, and shrimp). Chondroitin is usually from bovine (cow) sources. They can also be manufactured.
Side effects from both glucosamine and chondroitin are rare, but you may experience:
Depending on whether you're using glucosamine or chondroitin, you may experience some additional side effects:
While there are no reports of adverse effects, there is some concern with the following:
Keep track of how these supplements affect your pain by keeping a pain diary. If you have side effects, write them down. Share this information with us.
Many people think that because an herb is natural, it must be safe. However, anything that is strong enough to affect your health is also strong enough to have side effects. In fact, some herbs can cause sickness and even death.
It's important for your health to know the facts about all of your medications, including natural products. That's why we've teamed up with the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database to bring you unbiased, scientifically reliable information so you can better evaluate dietary supplements, including:
Before beginning any herbal treatment, talk to your doctor or other medical professional. He or she will be able to tell you if your treatment complements or interferes with other medications or with your treatment plan.
Our pharmacies carry only herbs and supplements known to be effective in treating certain medical conditions.
In the U.S., herbs are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that they are not tested for safety or purity by manufacturers. The amount of any herb in an herbal product can range from 0 to 150 percent of the amount stated on the label. The herb in the bottle may even be different from the herb on the label. Here are some of the other problems that can occur:
To manage your health, you need to be an informed consumer. We strongly recommend that you talk to your doctor before taking herbs or supplements so that you will be aware of the effects the herb or supplement may have on you.
Talk to us before taking any herbs or supplements. We need a full picture of everything you do to manage your health, so that we can take the best care of you. Talk to us in person or by e-mail or visit your nearest Health Education Department.
Before using herbs or supplements, think about these things:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.