Paleo help w/ osteoarthritis?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Can a paleo approach help to repair joints damaged/suffering from osteoarthritis?



on October 20, 2011
at 11:35 PM

I can recommend a great surgeon, one of 5 in the US who do an incredibly minimally invasive total hip replacement called Superpath.



on October 20, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Thank you for all your responses. I have a family member suffering from hip pain caused by osteoarthritis - I hope some diet changes can help alleviate some pain & avoid further occurrences.



on October 19, 2011
at 06:23 PM

Not Paleo, buy you might find this interesting:http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=40093.0



on October 19, 2011
at 05:48 PM

curcumin FWIW....

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on October 19, 2011
at 05:48 PM

No. It can probably slow the progression of OA to some extent by reducing systemic inflammation, reducing bodyweight if applicable, etc. but mechanical damage to articular cartilage is forever, unless repaired surgically (ACI, DeNovo, etc.)--and unfortunately the technology for surgical repair is still in its infancy--as I know well, having undergone both microfracture (2x) and ACI with lousy results (I am considering DeNovo)...

Stem cell treatments are going to play a very big role in treatment of OA at some point in the future. If you have an opportunity to be frozen in Carbonite for the next 100 years and thawed out in 2111, I'd suggest seriously considering it.

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on October 19, 2011
at 09:43 PM

Cartilage rehab is possible if the damage is not advanced.
If it is possible in your case depends on the reasons why it has degenerated and how far the OA has gone. You have to adresss all possible reasons for OA: systemic inflammation, food sensitivities (grains, nightshades), too much stress (cortisol), leptin problems (check Dr. Kruse),


bad movement patterns/coordination,

unfavorable gene expression from epigenetic switching, leaky gut, high blood sugar.

Which joints are affected?

For rehab I would check out Physiotherapist Doug Kelsey's website


and Gray Cooks website about movement rehab and joint rehab.


OA is not "age" or "your genes". Mainstream medicine starts thinking intelligently and looking for causes instead of pushing toxic drugs.

Prof. Dr. Henning Madry, Arthritis Research, University of Saarland, Germany said last August: ???Osteoarthritis is no wear and tear but a chronic disease like asthma and diabetes. Cartilage is damaged by accidents or sports injuries but very often it is induced by internal processes which are not understood. Cartilage gets weak and finally destroyed. ??? This has nothing to do with aging per se. Many young people have OA today and many old people have no OA says Prof. Madry.

Which means you have to find the cause in your case. Because the medical industrial complex is only in the beginning in looking for causes, there is no testing except in research.

Biotech is looking for treatments. Maybe they come up with something.


If not you can restore lost function with the help of smart PTs like Kelsey and Cook.



on October 20, 2011
at 12:35 AM

No it won't fix it but hopefully will prevent it from developing into other joints. I fought hip pain for 3 years. Lost 30 lbs with Weight Watcher's, then switched to low carb/primal for the last 18 months and lost another 10 with minimal improvement. Threw in the towel in June and had a hip replacement. Hopefully with primal/paleo it will be the last body part I sacrifice to CW.

Two things I would incorporate immediately:

  1. I would make sure to incorporate high dose vitamin K2 (45 mg/day is used in Japan for osteoporosis). D3 should be taken in conjuction with K2. Vitamin A is important as well for K2 syntesis; I eat liver 2 x a week for this.

  2. If you regularly take NSAIDS they damage your gut and cause muscle damage as well. Incorporate other anti-inflammatories into your arsenal. High dose fish oil, borage oil, curcumin. I am finding serrapeptase to be very effective for pain relief.



on October 19, 2011
at 11:44 PM

It won't repair, but I found my arthritis pain is nearly gone since going Paleo. I don't even take ibuprofen anymore. What a relief! You may find that the reduction of inflammation that comes naturally with this way of eating does the same for you.

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