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How does glucosamine treat knee injuries?

Glucosamine has been used to treat acute knee injuries in athletes. In one study, four weeks of treatment with glucosamine resulted in better flexibility but not less pain. It probably helps to repair damaged cartilage. Further research is needed before recommending glucosamine to all people with acute knee injuries.

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