Rehabbing From Injuries

I have seen many patients that have been long-time runners/avid exercisers and almost inevitably, injuries occur at some point. Personally, I stopped running about 9 years ago because of fear that continuation would result in the things I was seeing among my patient-runners: knee, back and foot problems. I switched at that time to the elliptical figuring that this would prolong my exercise “career”. Now, I am working through a chronic Achilles tendon issue that is making exercise more painful.

One of the most important parts of rehabbing from injuries to weight bearing joints is to reduce the weight bearing. When injuries occur, rest is important to allow the joints/muscles to recover. However, on a daily basis, unless the injured person is in a wheelchair, crutches or scooter, the affected person still walks around placing pressure on those injured areas. When weight cones down to a smaller surface area (feet/ankles) the physics works in the following manner: for every one pound of loss there is actually a 4 pound reduction of pressure in those smaller surface area joints. Therefore a 25 pound weight loss results in 100 pounds of reduced pressure.

Unfortunately, orthopedic injuries will at some point, affect pretty much all of us. There is no better “rehab” than weight control.

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Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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