Researchers have shown that telehealth-delivered fitness and diet regimens may help people with chronic pain, with 80 percent of participants reporting a reduction in discomfort and a 10 percent reduction in weight loss.
In reaction to the COVID-19 epidemic, public services and mobility limitations have been established. Children and teenagers may become fat due of a lack of physical activity, or a lack of healthy alternatives. Via contemporary technology, healthcare practitioners may now deliver treatments over large distances utilizing a process termed “telehealth.” Children and adolescents may benefit from telehealth services that give online diet and fitness counseling.
University of Melbourne researchers collaborated with Medibank and Austin Health conducted a clinical study including more than 400 people with knee osteoarthritis.
A team of physiotherapists and nutritionists offered assistance to the participants through Zoom and a variety of other tools during the study. They were given meal replacements so that they could follow a low-energy ketogenic diet.
It was shown that both intervention programmes had positive effects on pain, function, and quality of life compared to the control group. Additional advantages, including better pain reduction, larger gains in physical function, reduced usage of pain meds and considerable weight loss, were achieved by the combined exercise and diet programme compared to an exercise-only programme. Participants in both groups were also less likely to have knee joint replacement surgery after the training.
It was found that participants dropped an average of 10.2 kilos over a six-month period and that four out of five of them reported considerable improvement in their pain levels as a result of the programme.
Osteoarthritis affects an estimated 2.1 million peoples. Osteoarthritis will see a 58% rise in frequency by 2032 as the population ages and becomes more obese.
Catherine Keating, Medibank’s Head of Member Health Service and Design, said that the bank’s goal is to provide its clients greater choice and control over how they get healthcare. “Preventative health is an important emphasis for us since we know our clients desire personalized help to enhance their health and well-being.”
In this systematic review, telehealth dietary therapies were assessed for their capacity to change the eating habits of adults with chronic conditions. Telehealth-delivered exercise and diet regimes decreased pain and function in overweight or obese persons with knee osteoarthritis. Nutritional education through telehealth may improve overall diet quality. There should be an alternative for chronically unwell people in treatment strategies.
Annals of Internal Medicine-https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M21-2388