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Baton Rouge Knee Osteoarthritis and Quality of Life with a Mediterranean Diet

January 08, 2019

What do creaky, popping, cracking knees and olive oil, fruits, veggies and red wine have in common? Knee osteoarthritis! Baton Rouge knee pain sufferers know that morning routine with “bad” knees, the stiffness and pain that is part of waking up and moving. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers hears our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients describe this all the time. Those Baton Rouge knee pain sufferers would appreciate getting some relief. What is one way to get some relief? The Mediterranean diet that requires, of all things, eating. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers asks “How bad can eating be for Baton Rouge knee pain relief?”


Baton Rouge knee osteoarthritis is common. There are many Baton Rouge knee pain sufferers. They’re not alone! 240 million people around the globe live with osteoarthritis. That affects about 10% of men and 18% of women. (1) Any Baton Rouge knee osteoarthritis sufferer recognizes the knee pain, the morning stiffness, and the creaky joint motion that lessens the quality of daily life. (1) It is just not very fun. Now a Mediterranean diet has potential to be fun though!


The Mediterranean diet incorporates lots 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! Consuming a Mediterranean diet can be very tasty as well as adventurous for a recent Mediterranean diet enthusiast.


Knee osteoarthritis involves inflammation in addition to pain. A review of 3 research reports points out that biomarkers of inflammation and cartilage degradation due to osteoarthritis fell 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 show a reduced risk of deteriorating knee pain at four years follow up. For those who did not experience knee osteoarthritis at the start of the 4 years project and followed a Mediterranean diet, a 9% reduced risk of getting knee osteoarthritis was reported. (3) Overall, a higher faithfulness to a Mediterranean diet is affiliated with better 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 Baton Rouge chiropractic visit with Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers to discover an improved quality of life with some relieving Baton Rouge 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 be glad you do!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers shares recent research about how good a Mediterranean Diet is for knee osteoarthritis as well as quality of life improvement.