Ok, fair point, but for me, it seems to work. No proof it's a placebo effect or whether it actual works in my case. For some people it might not be what is needed and is not necessarily a solution to every knee pain problem.
I had a double open hernia repair 3 weeks ago. I've been told no running for 6 weeks and I'm going stir crazy. I need to be doing something. When I asked what I can do I was told walking would be ok but for anything else they are very vague (the nurse and the surgeon I spoke to). I've read lots of different things on the internet about what I can and can't do as well as some on these forums from years ago. What I want to know is:
1. Can I use my multigum? I want to tone up while I'm not running. I did read somewhere that even sit ups and crunches are ok after two weeks (although I'm scared of ripping myself open). I have no muscular pain down there, just soreness from the stiches.
2. Can I use my cross trainer? It's kind of like running but without the impact assocaited with pounding the streets. I assume it's the impact I'm trying to avoid.
3. Can I use my bike? I have a mountain bike and a road bike. Which one would it be ok to use if any? Or doesn't it matter. I suppose mountain biking over rough terrain is kind of like running in that some impact is present.
I have mal-tracking of both knee caps. Had knee pain for years especially when the knee was kept in one position (such as driving) but also aches when running. I started taking glucosamine and the pain has completely gone away. When I run out because I've forgotten to stock up on it, it returns. So I "swear by it". What's the harm in trying it? If it works for you then great, if it doesn't, try something else. You are obviously curious about it so why not try it? The views of people on here are their own opinions based on something they have read somewhere but then no link to support their opinions are given. You are better off formulating your own opinion (in my opinion