Dealing with knee pain

Duncan MacKenzie points to an article about the use of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint pain. I am not a dedicated runner, but I do spend time on the treadmill a few days a week. In the summer, I like to golf, and I carry my own clubs. I have noticed in the last year or two that my left knee begins to ache after a while. It doesn’t ache every time, but it is happening more frequently.

I wonder if it is osteo-arthritis? Is my pain as severe as the kind other people are experiencing? My pain is a general ache. I don’t experience a sharp or stabbing pain, like you might get when you pull a muscle. My dad had to give up his weekly bowling league, which I still do, because of knee pain. I don’t want to give up these activities because they keep me healthy.

I suppose I should ask my doctor, but it’s hard to justify making an appointment for such a minor issue that may simply be a fact of getting older.

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