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Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« on: November 08, 2007, 09:08:12 PM »
I remember hearing about using WD-40 on stiff knee joints a few months ago and many people say it helps lubricate thier knee joints. People swear by it, saying before they used WD-40 thier knees felt stiff and hurt, but after spraying WD-40 pain and stiffness went away.

I think the whole things crazy and GP's advise is not to use it as it contains petroleum-related products that could irritate the skin. There a news article about how WD-40 helps arthritus and a 70-year-old retired sales manager from Stamford, Lincs, says: “It’s been an absolute godsend for me, “WD-40 has given me a hell of a lot of relief, “A few weeks ago, I was even running around the garden with my grandson. I haven’t been able to do that for about three years.” 

The Daily Mail Online article published on the 21 October 2013 that you can read by clicking on the link below. I would stick to glucosamine tablets rather then WD-40. (Link Updated)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2470140/Can-WD-40-cure-arthritis-Wacky-home-remedies-test-panel-doctors-new-TV-Health-Freaks---surprising-results.html

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2007, 02:24:10 AM »
Now that's the weirdest thing I've heard in a while!! Don't think I'll be trying that. Slimey and stinky. Yuk!

BTW the link worked.

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2007, 01:49:14 AM »
That's the oddist thing I've heard in a while :/ I must say though, that I'd trust a compulsive liar more than I would trust the Sun! The stuff they come out with is purely entertaining for me :]

Maybe he was just an old man looking for his 15 minutes of fame?
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007, 09:56:08 PM »
What a great idea, our farm runs in WD40, Firestart, and Duck Tape, maybe I've been wasting my time with Docs, just spray on the WD40, give a couple of squirts of Firestart to jump myself into action, and Duck tape any bits that fall off, save myself a fortune ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007, 10:00:47 PM »
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2007, 01:52:11 AM »
Denny, you are too funny.    ;D

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2008, 07:22:00 PM »
What will you think of next .. Chicken gibblets into the knee.

I can see how the oil would help keep the heat in the knee..  Much like a neoprene brace.

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2008, 08:00:50 PM »
What will you think of next .. Chicken gibblets into the knee.

I can see how the oil would help keep the heat in the knee..  Much like a neoprene brace.

I think that they're still using the giblets as a diagnostic tool, wave them over the knee, throw them against the wall, and you can read whats wrong from the pattern that they land in. Reputedly only mildly less accurate than an MRI scan ;D ;D ;D

By the way, I've seen numerous reports of WD-40 used for joint pain, maybe there's more to this than we think. AND in case you're wondering WD-40 was voted the 3rd most useful tool of all time, here are one persons list of the top ten uses for it


Cures arthritis. My father-in-law swears by this. He is a retired Air Force mechanic and when his knuckles and knees get grouchy he squirts them with WD-40. He says it works every time.
Bathroom light bulb. If you squirt the threads before you install the bulb it won’t get corroded and break when you try to change it.
Satellite TV Dish. If you live in a snowy climate the white stuff can build up on your dish and screw up your reception. Shoot a coating of WD-40 on the dish and the snow will slide off instead.
Fan rejuvenator. If you like a floor fans to keep your air circulating you know it eventually collects enough dust to slow the motor down. Take it outside and set it on a newspaper. Then spray WD-40 into the motor until it comes clean.
Pipe Tape. When I put pipe thread on a threaded pipe joint I spray the male and female connectors with WD-40. It makes an awesome waterproof connection.
Lime Remover. Got that calcified build up at the base of your faucet. Spray it with WD-40, wait a few minutes then scrape it off with a popsicle stick.
Spot Remover. Water spots on polished aluminum can be removed with an application of WD-40. It work on my Harley-Davidson.
Tree Sap Zapper. Got tree sap on your car? Put some WD-40 on a soft cloth and gently rub it away.
Sticker Remover. Did some idiot put an “I break for _____” on your car bumper. Leave your gun in the glove box. Spray the edges of the sticker with WD-40 and gently work your way toward the other end to remove the sticker and the glue.
Squirrel Attack. Are the squirrels raiding your bird feeders? Spray the pole about half way up with a generous coat of WD-40. The squirrels don’t love it.
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2008, 03:21:38 PM »
now this is interesting and funny. I was just telling my PT on Wed that I wish there was a WD 40 for the knees that would make them less stiff and move easier.  Just too funny! ;D
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2009, 01:43:40 PM »
This thread is over a year old.  I'm new on the forum and all of you people with arthritis with over 4000 views, I can't believe no one has tried it!!    What is there to loose?  I'm going to try it! 
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2009, 09:26:13 PM »
Glad to see members still read this thread and if you type wd40 curing arthritis on google this thread comes up on search results. Its already over 2 years when I started this thread and only seems like a year ago, time does seem to fly by.

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2009, 10:45:31 PM »
it is funny no one has tried it yet, I remember an article I read awhile back about a guy who used wd-40 to cure his frozen shoulder, perhaps there is something to this. mmmm fun to think about in any event!

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2009, 11:35:28 PM »
OK...I have seen this thread pop up every now and then....and I really hope it is a joke.  Just in case  here is a little info for anyone who is actually thinking about trying this!


This is probably one of the WORST ideas I have ever heard. WD40 is HIGHLY Flammable, even once dry. It contains Kerosene which is listed on the warning label as Petroleum Distillates. Kerosene is used as a solvent (roughly 80%) in WD40 ~ the reason it is soooo good at removing rust.  Also, the vapors (it Stinks) of WD40 can be dangerous if inhaled in large quantities and they don't dissipate quickly  (again it contains petrochemicals - not good for your skin!).   

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2010, 03:44:18 PM »
 The way is fish oil supplement. I take 1200mg per day (1 Pill)  3 years ago I was in bad pain and quickly becoming a cripple. A fellow I talk to via internet in Plymouth U.K. told me the story about his wife hurting from arthritis and starting the fish oil supplement and got much better and free from most pain. I thought what the heck and fish oil is a great supplement for heart health. I started taking it and in a few weeks (???) not sure how long I began to notice a jelly like feeling in my knees. That went away quickly and after 3 years  I still enjoy walking. I do not run very often cause i do not want to injure my knee's. I have small amount of pain on some days but not enough to bother me. Standing long periods do bother me but i'm talking standing in one spot over 30 minutes. I'm 66 years old and i'm sure I would have to have a knee replacement by now if not for the fish oil. I recommend not taking over one 1200 mg a day. If I get worse I will go for the PRP therapy but so far I an very happy with the fish oil therapy. I hope this helps someone out there as much as it has helped me...Thanks for reading....Funjeep..AKA Wayne :)
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2010, 04:16:16 PM »
I don't know if you folk's know this but wd 40 is made from fish oil.

I can assure you the WD40 is NOT MADE from Fish Oil.  It is a Petroleum based product.

I have been taking Fish Oil for many years and it did nothing for my knee pain.  No harm in trying and if it works for you...more power to you!

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2010, 05:17:29 PM »
I know someone who swears by it and I've read the article, but I'm still not convinced that it's a goodidea.  Mainly because i don't want my knee to go up in flames.  I am kind of tempted just to give it a go soemtimes though, just to see if it works.  its gotta be better than cortisone.

Has anyone here ever tried it? Did it work?
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2010, 12:12:46 PM »
I started this thread a while back after reading a newspaper article about WD-40 and would avoid using it with all the chemicals used in it, might be no good for the skin.

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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2010, 01:44:58 PM »
No doubt about it, I'd have to be pretty desparate to resort to using it.  what would it actually do to the skin anway?  Surely if someone is in screaming agony day and night and they can't have a tkr because the docs all say their 20 years too young then they might as well risk it because a red rash and a bit of itching can't be worse than the living Hell that is profound osteoarthritis.
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2010, 02:05:05 PM »
WD40 is HIGHLY Flammable, even once dry. It contains Kerosene which is listed on the warning label as Petroleum Distillates. Kerosene is used as a solvent (roughly 80%) in WD40 ~ the reason it is soooo good at removing rust.  Also, the vapors (it Stinks) of WD40 can be dangerous if inhaled in large quantities and they don't dissipate quickly  (again it contains petrochemicals - not good for your skin!).   

Do you really want to rub Kerosene into your skin?  Not too bright if you ask me!
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2010, 02:19:32 PM »
I did say you'd have to be desparate didn't I?

There must be someone on these forums who has experience of using it.

As I said before I met someone who swears by it but this guys was in bad shape.  I knew him for a year and never ocne saw him without crutches.
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Re: Can WD-40 help cure arthritis?
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2012, 08:57:51 PM »
Okay, I know this post is rather old, but just the same, I believe it warrants a reply.

After searching for a definitive answer to this question, I was, and still am, wondering how it could be possible that nobody has posted any first hand experience.  Well, I am going to change that.

I first heard of this folk tale from a friend after I had suffered an injury from attempting to move a very heavy table from one location to another.  While doing so, my hands started loosing grip, and I was left with two choices... drop the table or rest it on my knees while in a squatting position.  I chose the latter.  No immediate problem arose with this decision, and I re-adjusted my grip and finished the move.  The next day, I woke to ecrutiating pain in my legs.  This was to the point of not being able to walk, and I had to crawl from one place to another.  Even crawling was an extremely painful experience.

When my friend told me about using WD-40 to alleiviate the pain, I simply thought he was setting me up for a joke, and I was waiting patiently for the punch line.  Mind you, I was not so patient because of the pain.  He simply told me that it was not a joke, and stated it was worth a shot.  Knowing that I have worked with WD-40 many times in the past, and also that there was no immediate danger of trying, I decided to attempt this theory.  I generously sprayed on the WD-40 and massaged it onto the affected area.  After approximately 10 minutes, I stood up and walked to get a cup of coffee.  I was absolutley amazed at the fact that almost all of the pain had dissapated!

I have recommended this treatment to other friend ailing from such things as severe wrist pain, lower back pain, and shoulder pain... and all of them have stated that it did temporarily help quite a bit. Unfortunatley, I don't believe this would work so well for chronic pain, because the long term effects of using a petroleum based chemical may outweigh the temporary relief of said chronic pain.  However, I do know it works wonders for temporary pain, and am astonished that anyone would be concerned about the possibility of dry skin when the alternative is dealing with excrutiating pain.  In addition, if dry skin is a worry, simply apply the WD-40, massage it in, let it take effect, then simply wash it off with soap and water and apply skin lotion.

I have also heard that doctors have stated three things they believe is the reason why people say WD-40 works, yet, I have also noticed that NONE of these doctors have actually tried this, nor have done any legitimate research to back their statements.  One stated that it is the actual massaging action that causes the pain to diminish.  If this is the case with my scenerio, then I must have magic fingers!  And I can further disprove this theory with the addition of this... "Don't you think I tried that BEFORE I even used the WD-40?!?!  Next was a doctor stating it may be the cooling sensation of the propellent that rids the pain.  This too is absurd in my opinion.  The temperature change from the dischard of WD-40 is no more than that of a cool breeze on wet skin.  Last was the worst of all... Placebo.  I know the power of suggestion can be VERY strong, but keep in mind that I actually did not believe this would work.  I had zero confidence.  This, by itself, should disprove the placebo theory. 

Now, do I know why and how WD-40 works to alleviate temporary muscle/joint pain?  My answer is simple, no.  Also, some may ask why the company who makes WD-40 do not research medical applications for this product.  I believe it is simple.  The red tape is miles long, and like I stated before... it is a petroleum based product.  It would be a legal nightmare for them if just one person had an allergic reaction, or worse yet, if it was proven to be a contributing factor to a connected case of diagnosed cancer.  Simply put, the legal and moral ramifications would far outweigh the monitary gain.

So, with this said.  I do not recommend or advocate using WD-40 for pain relief in any way, shape, or form.  I am merely stating facts from my own personal experience, of which I have personally taken a risk and accept full responsibility for my own actions to myself.

I hope this has helped definitively answer the question of this thread.