Southern New Hampshire 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! Southern New Hampshire knee pain sufferers experience that morning routine with “bad” knees, the stiffness and pain that is part of waking up and moving. New Hampshire Spine and Sport hears our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients bemoan this all the time. Those Southern New Hampshire knee pain sufferers would appreciate getting some relief. What’s one approach? The Mediterranean diet that involves, of all things, eating. New Hampshire Spine and Sport asks “How bad can eating be for Southern New Hampshire knee pain relief?”


Southern New Hampshire knee osteoarthritis is widespread. There are numerous Southern New Hampshire 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 Southern New Hampshire 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 could be some fun though!


The Mediterranean diet includes eating plenty 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 in addition to red wine and olive oil as the chief source of dietary lipids. (1) Yum! Consuming a Mediterranean diet can be quite tasty and exciting for a recent Mediterranean diet adherent.


Knee osteoarthritis involves inflammation in addition to pain. A review of 3 research reports highlights 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 stuck to a Mediterranean diet have lessened risk of worsening knee pain at four years follow up. For those who didn’t experience knee osteoarthritis at the start of the 4 years study and followed a Mediterranean diet, a 9% lowered risk of acquiring knee osteoarthritis was found. (3) Overall, a higher adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with improved 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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractic visit with New Hampshire Spine and Sport to discover an improved quality of life with some alleviating Southern New Hampshire chiropractic care with Cox® Technic knee treatment as well as specific recommendation of a Mediterranean diet for better quality of life and lessened pain and inflammation.  Your creaky, painful knees will be glad you do!

New Hampshire Spine and Sport shares recent research about how good a Mediterranean Diet is for knee osteoarthritis as well as quality of life improvement.