Table 3

Number of participants who purchased the more commonly reported complementary preparations for osteoarthritis, and the average amount spent per person

CAMNon-surgical (n = 83)Surgical (n = 258)Total (n = 341)
CAM, complementary and alternative medicines.
Vitamin supplements103848 (14%)
Fish oils8816 (5%)
Mussel extracts459 (3%)
Celery extract141024 (7%)
Garlic51318 (5%)
Evening primrose oil91120 (6%)
Cod liver oil41317 (5%)
Goanna oil51116 (5%)
Average cost of CAM (per person who purchased CAM)A$42.69A$28.88A$32.25