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"Medicina Sportiva" No.14 - 2008 The 15-th Sports Medicine Balkan Congress


Mircea Ioana
Faculty of Medicine, University of Oradea, Romania

We had in our clinical observations a group of young adults under 30 years old, who practiced different sports (athletics, running, ski, basketball, handball, football, gymnastics, tennis, bodybuilding, martial arts) during childhood and/or teenage, now presenting osteoarthritis-like symptomatology of the knee. Therapy with analgesics and/or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were not efficient and physiotherapy was slightly helpful in some patients.
Based on our hypothesis that there is a pre-arthritis state due to micro-lesions (infra-clinical) of the cartilage sustaining a repeated and intense effort during different sports, we recommended a combination of condroitin 1200 mg and glucosamine 1500 mg divided in 2 doses daily (Yogaflex – Ambrosia Bioscience). The osteoarthritis-like symptomatology (crunches, stiffness, pain) was resolved
within one month, but the therapy was continued for another month. The beneficial effect of SYSADOA was sustained for a period of 12 months. Until now we have no proof that some sports may trigger a premature osteoarthritis process, except the therapeutical evidence that an early treatment with SYSADOA is beneficial by improving rapidly and significantly the osteoarthritis-like symptomatology from our clinical and the patient’s point of view.
In conclusion, an early therapy with SYSADOA might be a solution for the prophylaxis of knee osteoarthritis in young people after giving up sports. We intend to develop a long term study in order to monitor the effects of exercise on cartilage in the intact human joint in two situations: with physiologic loading conditions and with overloading during different sports.
Key words: SYSADOA, osteoarthritis, knee, sports.

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