HealthpointCapital—January 8, 2013
A well-known sports medicine doctor and an athlete's athlete, Dr. Metzl has completed nearly 30 marathons and 10 Ironmans. If anyone ever gets credit for practicing what they preach, this is the guy.
The result is an elegant illustrated work that beautifully synthesizes observations on preventative musculoskeletal care that can only come from both treating legions of patients and being a champion athlete who has experienced his own injuries.
We thought the best way to summarize the book, was to interview Dr. Metzl himself.
Q: Conventional wisdom suggests we should exercise three times a week, but you make the case for exercising every day. Should we be concerned about orthopedic wear and tear with that kind of activity level?
A: Just the opposite is true. As long as you're careful and you listen to your body, daily exercise is a great way to keep yourself healthy, fit, and healthy. Exercise is medicine, it should be used daily. As long as you are careful and listen to your body’s warning signs of too much, you should be fine!
Q: You did say that even in cases of osteoarthritis, you recommend building muscle strength through activity to take pressure off of affected joints. Is that where the research is headed?
A: It sure is. Most people have some arthritis and are not yet ready for a total joint replacement. By making their kinetic chain strong, much of the force loading on the joint is dissipated into the muscle, it really improves the symptoms.
Q: Lastly, in cases where surgery becomes necessary, such as osteoarthritis, how powerful is the research that supports orthopedic rehabilitation?
A: The research in support of rehabilitation is quite strong. I care mostly that people are able to remain active and moving throughout their lives. It keeps them healthier and happier.
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