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Richmond Knee Osteoarthritis and Quality of Life with a Mediterranean Diet

What do stiff, popping, cracking knees and olive oil, fruits, veggies and red wine have in common? Knee osteoarthritis! Richmond knee pain sufferers know that morning routine with “bad” knees, the stiffness and pain that comes with waking up and moving. Johnson Chiropractic hears our Richmond chiropractic patients bemoan this all the time. Those Richmond knee pain sufferers would be pleased to get some relief. What is one way to get some relief? The Mediterranean diet that requires, of all things, eating. Johnson Chiropractic wonders “How hard can eating be for Richmond knee pain relief?”


Richmond knee osteoarthritis is ordinary. There are many Richmond knee pain sufferers. They are not alone! 240 million people around the globe endure osteoarthritis. That bothers about 10% of men and 18% of women. (1) Any Richmond knee osteoarthritis sufferer recognizes the knee pain, the morning stiffness, and the creaky joint motion that lowers the enjoyment of daily life. (1) It is just not much fun. Now a Mediterranean diet could be some fun though!


The Mediterranean diet incorporates lots of fruits and vegetable, legumes and nuts, cereals and seeds, seafood and fish. The Mediterranean diet allows for moderate intake of dairy, poultry and eggs along with red wine and olive oil as the key source of dietary lipids. (1) Yum! Consuming a Mediterranean diet can be very delicious as well as adventurous for a recent Mediterranean diet enthusiast.


Knee osteoarthritis entails inflammation as well as pain. An analysis of three research reports highlights that biomarkers of inflammation and cartilage degradation due to osteoarthritis decreased in the Mediterranean diet group. (1) Particularly, the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1α decreased in the Mediterranean diet group. (2) Knee osteoarthritis patients who better followed a Mediterranean diet have lessened 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% lowered risk of acquiring knee osteoarthritis was found. (3) Overall, a higher faithfulness to a Mediterranean diet is affiliated with improved quality of life and less 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 Richmond chiropractic visit with Johnson Chiropractic to discover an improved quality of life with some alleviating Richmond chiropractic care with Cox® Technic knee treatment as well as specific recommendation of a Mediterranean diet for better quality of life and decreased pain and inflammation.  Your creaky, painful knees will appreciate it!

Johnson Chiropractic shares recent research about how good a Mediterranean Diet is for knee osteoarthritis as well as quality of life improvement. 


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