Now, I know you all have friends who are "doing fine" skiing, running and winning tennis tournaments with their new joints (though I don't actually believe you). Well, think of these folks as the exception and Bo Jackson as the norm. Your doctors, your friends, your kids and your grandkids want you around, active, pain-free and happy for years to come. Make healthy choices for your activities even if that may mean making some concessions. Don't think you're going to be the exception and be able to climb Mt. Everest when you're 70. To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, the world prefers average people - that's why there are so many of us!
Dr. Daniel O'Neill, M.D., Ed.D, F.A.A.O.S. is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Psychologist, and founding member of The Alpine Clinic based in Franconia New Hampshire.