It is well established that regular exercise can help with disorders such as fibromyalgia, chronic low-back pain and arthritic conditions. Most chronic pain and sports medicine practitioners will agree that gentle aerobic conditioning is a good place to start exercising. After an aerobic baseline is achieved, strength training for larger muscle groups becomes appropriate. Core training exercises will most likely be recommended as part of a chronic musculoskeletal condition prescription. It’s not likely that you will be introduced to ‘training to fatigue’ exercise, high-intensity interval training or plyometrics if you have chronic pain. The new model of therapy based on research includes:
- The use of TheraLase laser and shock wave therapy as a non-invasive approach to treat cartilage lesions and osteoarthritis has widely increased as confirmed by the growing number of clinical trials published on this topic.
- The use of these procedures in clinical application is gaining in popularity. The cost of these machines has been expensive and kept doctors out of the field.
- Different sources have been investigated for clinical application, especially targeting knee or ankle cartilage disease.3
Other recommendations for chronic pain patients (even high activity patients) are nutritional supplements to restore damaged cartilage. Some combination of Ginger, Rosemary, Quercetin, Curcumin, Hops, Alpha-Linolenic Acid, omega 3’s and and a ketogenic diet can also act as a protectors against future deterioration of the joints.
1 Kopka M, Bradley JP. The Use of Biologic Agents in Athletes with Knee Injuries. J Knee Surg. 2016 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]
2 Filardo G, Perdisa F, Roffi A, Marcacci M, Kon E. Stem cells in articular cartilage regeneration. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. 2016;11:42. doi:10.1186/s13018-016-0378-x.
3 Yang X, Zhu TY, Wen LC, Cao YP1, Liu C, Cui YP, Meng ZC, Liu H. Intraarticular Injection of Allogenic Mesenchymal Stem Cells has a Protective Role for the Osteoarthritis. Chin Med J (Engl). 2015 20th Sep;128(18):2516-2523. doi: 10.4103/0366-6999.164981.
- Nyland J, Mattocks A, Kibbe S, Kalloub A, Greene JW, Caborn DNM. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, rehabilitation, and return to play: 2015 update.Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;7:21-32. doi:10.2147/OAJSM.S72332.
Total Health Center is offering weight loss with the Ideal Protein Protocol, a medically designed and developed protocol for weight loss and weight maintenance, which has been shown to potentially reduce healthcare claims and improve key markers of cardiac and metabolic health.
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker has taken a clear stance, “I want to help patients lose weight. Being overweight or obese is a root problem of so many cardiovascular and metabolic problems, as well as inflammatory musculoskeletal aches and pains.”
The Ideal Protein Protocol is a four-phase, low carbohydrate, moderate protein, ketogenic weight management solution. We are offering the protocol to our patients to help them lose weight and as a result, reverse metabolic syndrome – the cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that are often pre-cursors to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Effect of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol on Employee Healthcare Costs
In one study, Aspirus followed 306 employees who had successfully completed the Ideal Protein Protocol and analyzed claims costs for these employees from 2013 to 2015. Results from the study indicated an average of $916.97 (18% reduction) decrease in overall average costs. Females had the greatest decrease from 2013 to 2015 averaging -$974.71 (17%) from 2013. Comparing 2013 to 2015, males reduced their claims by -$472.88 (19% reduction).
This indicates that by offering workplace weight interventions, employers can potentially save between $500 and $1000 annually per employee on medical claims. With 70 percent of the U.S. population of overweight or obese, multiply those numbers accordingly – these types of workplace wellness initiatives could potentially save the insurance industry billions of dollars a year in claims related to the health complications of excess weight.
Effect of a Ketogenic Diet on Advanced Lipid Profiles
Twenty patients (BMI >35) were enrolled in the 12 week study with the Ideal Protein Protocol, Effect of a Ketogenic Diet on Advanced Lipid Profiles. Sixteen patients completed the study, constituting an 80% compliance rate. Besides noticeable results in weight reduction, findings indicate that the Ideal Protein Protocol also has a positive effect on lipid abnormalities, with significant reductions observed in glucose and triglyceride levels. The Ideal Protein Protocol also has a positive effect on insulin, insulin resistance, and parameters of metabolic syndrome.
About Ideal Protein
The Ideal Protein Protocol is medically designed and developed and is consistent with evidence-based guidelines for weight loss management and maintenance. The protocol tackles the root cause of weight gain – the body’s overproduction of insulin – by restricting consumption of sugars and carbohydrates- achieving optimal results through lowering poor fat intake, while maintaining adequate protein intake to preserve muscle mass.
This weight loss program is available at Total Health Center by trained coaches. For an appointment, call 310-444-9393.
1 Cawley J and Meyerhoefer C. The Medical Care Costs of Obesity: An Instrumental Variables Approach. Journal of Health Economics, 31(1): 219-230, 2012; And Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen, et al. Annual Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity. Health Affairs, 2009.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Obese and Overweight. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm