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St. Francisville Knee Osteoarthritis and Quality of Life with a Mediterranean Diet

What do creaky, noisy, cracking knees and olive oil, fruits, veggies and red wine have in common? Knee osteoarthritis! St. Francisville knee pain sufferers know that morning routine with “bad” knees, the stiffness and pain that is part of getting up and moving. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville hears our St. Francisville chiropractic patients bemoan this all the time. Those St. Francisville knee pain sufferers would be pleased to get some relief. What’s one approach? The Mediterranean diet that involves, of all things, eating. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville asks “How hard can eating be for St. Francisville knee pain relief?”


St. Francisville knee osteoarthritis is common. There are numerous St. Francisville knee pain sufferers. They’re not alone! 240 million people around the world endure osteoarthritis. That affects about 10% of men and 18% of women. (1) Any St. Francisville knee osteoarthritis sufferer can describe the knee pain, the morning stiffness, and the creaky joint motion that lessens the enjoyment of daily life. (1) It’s just not very fun. Now a Mediterranean diet has potential to be fun though!


The Mediterranean diet incorporates plenty of fruits and vegetable, legumes and nuts, cereals and seeds, seafood and fish. The Mediterranean diet permits moderate consumption of dairy, poultry and eggs in addition to red wine and olive oil as the central source of dietary lipids. (1) Yum! Eating a Mediterranean diet can be very tasty as well as adventurous for a new Mediterranean diet adherent.


Knee osteoarthritis entails inflammation in addition to pain. A review of 3 studies highlights that biomarkers of inflammation and cartilage degradation because of osteoarthritis decreased in the Mediterranean diet group. (1) Specifically, the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1α decreased in the Mediterranean diet group. (2) Knee osteoarthritis patients who better followed a Mediterranean diet have reduced risk of worsening knee pain at 4 years follow up. For those who did not experience knee osteoarthritis at the beginning of the 4 years study and followed a Mediterranean diet, a 9% reduced risk of acquiring knee osteoarthritis was reported. (3) Overall, a higher faithfulness to a Mediterranean diet is associated with better quality of life and decreased pain, disability and depressive symptoms. (4)

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses his use of Cox® Technic principles adapted to knee treatment to relieve back pain as well as partner with a patient to get some relief of her knee osteoarthritis pain. The patient was thrilled with the drop in pain on the first visit!

Schedule a St. Francisville chiropractic visit with Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville to discover an improved quality of life with some alleviating St. Francisville chiropractic care with Cox® Technic knee treatment as well as specific recommendation of a Mediterranean diet for improved quality of life and reduced pain and inflammation.  Your creaky, painful knees will be glad you do!

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville shares recent research about how good a Mediterranean Diet is for knee osteoarthritis as well as quality of life improvement. 


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