Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Arthritis | Heart Disease | fish | oil | knee | pain

Can Fish Oil Ease My Knee Pain?

By    |   Friday, 24 Jan 2014 09:47 AM

Question: I have had knee problems since playing high school football 25 years ago, but am still active. A new orthopedic specialist I went to see suggested I take high doses of fish oil (3,000 I.U.s daily). What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Your orthopedic surgeon is correct. Be aware that prescription fish oil preparation in the form of Lovaza is available in one-gram capsules, and is meets vigorous FDA standards for purity. The challenge is to have it covered under your prescription plan; some carriers will try to avoid paying for it.
 
In any event, fish oil can help to significantly reduce joint stiffness and pain and stiffness, as indicated by numerous studies. This only adds to the beneficial effects it in preventing cardiovascular disease.

Doses of three to four grams twice daily are usually recommended, but you should have your cholesterol checked to be sure you benefiting. This is also the usual recommended for patients who have had coronary artery bypass to reduce the risk of recurrent problems.
 

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