These are anti-inflammatory medications, but they do not repair or heal
cartilage. Ideally, they would be used along with supplements and given with
food. These do provide rapid relief from pain.
A few NSAIDs have chondroprotective
characteristics, which means they protect against the breakdown of cartilage.
Others, such as aspirin, actually destroy cartilage in the dosage required for
pain relief. This is one reason why aspirin is used less frequently for