As an orthopedic and sports physical therapist in Paramus, NJ, I like to educate my patients on the many factors that can improve their healing and others that may delay or prevent it. For example, it may surprise you to learn that with conditions like diabetes, hypermobility syndrome (loose joints) and being overweight, taking certain antiinflamatories can delay tissue healing. Some of these conditions you can control while others are more difficult. Controlling the ones you can leaves you free to take common, over the counter medications without worry.
One you can control is weight loss. Studies show that for every pound of weight lost your joints will suffer 3 to 5 percent less stress. With that in mind, I always encourage my patients who are overweight and have any joint issues to consider a change in their eating habits. I spoke to a local nutritionist who noted that she has had several overweight patients with osteoarthritis who have cancelled joint replacement surgery after losing a significant amount of weight. Wow! That’s a huge double advantage—no surgery and a healthier body.
So, you want to lose weight? Which diet? Why not choose one that improves cardiovascular health while reducing your waistline and helping your joints. A 2010 study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association ranked seven diets according to whether they contributed to reducing cardiovascular disease. These were the results, best first:
- Ornish diet
- Weight watchers
- New glucose revolution
- South beach
- Food guide pyramid
*This reflects the ranking of long term results not short term benefits of certain diets*
All these diets or how I prefer to call them lifestyle changes require commitment. Please follow this link to read the original study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2040023/
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Paramus, Ridgewood, and Bergen County region. This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your physician before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative regimen.