Georgetown Knee Osteoarthritis and Quality of Life with a Mediterranean Diet

January 08, 2019

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


Georgetown knee osteoarthritis is widespread. There are numerous Georgetown knee pain sufferers. They’re not alone! 240 million people around the world live with osteoarthritis. That affects about 10% of men and 18% of women. (1) Any Georgetown knee osteoarthritis sufferer knows about the knee pain, the morning stiffness, and the creaky joint motion that reduces the quality of daily life. (1) It’s just not much fun. Now a Mediterranean diet has potential to be fun though!


The Mediterranean diet includes eating plenty of fruits and vegetable, legumes and nuts, cereals and seeds, seafood and fish. The Mediterranean diet permits moderate intake of dairy, poultry and eggs in addition to red wine and olive oil as the key source of dietary lipids. (1) Yum! Eating a Mediterranean diet can be quite tasty as well as exciting for a new Mediterranean diet enthusiast.


Knee osteoarthritis involves inflammation in addition to pain. An analysis of 3 research reports points out 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 stuck to a Mediterranean diet have lowered risk of deteriorating knee pain at 4 years follow up. For those who did not experience knee osteoarthritis at the start of the 4 years study and followed a Mediterranean diet, a 9% reduced risk of getting knee osteoarthritis was found. (3) Overall, a higher faithfulness to a Mediterranean diet is associated 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 Georgetown chiropractic visit with Dr. Butwell to discover an improved quality of life with some relieving Georgetown chiropractic care with Cox® Technic knee treatment plus specific recommendation of a Mediterranean diet for improved quality of life and reduced pain and inflammation.  Your creaky, painful knees will appreciate it!

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