“Move Your Body,” Says Beyoncé
What do Jack LaLanne (I’m showing my age), Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda all have in common? Easy peasy! General health and wellness is improved by a common sense exercise program.
Count The New York Times and a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as exercise believers when it comes to patients with chronic low back pain.
Most of us in the workers’ comp business are well-aware of radiofrequency denervation (RFD). This procedure calls for a doctor to guide a needle to a nerve, use an electric current to damage the nerve, and hopefully eliminate the conduction of pain impulses. In this JAMA report, a Netherland research trial at pain clinics examined the effectiveness of RFDs when combined with a standardized exercise program.
After 90 days, there was no clinical difference in function or painbetween the group that had RFD with exercise versus the group that just did exercise. Although this was a limited study over a short timeframe, I feel sure there is more to come.
Jack LaLanne lived until 96 doing his exercise regimen on the day he died from pneumonia. Wikipedia makes no mention if he ever took an RFD to do better, but I doubt it.
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