Time-Out for Thanksgiving
THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 25 - NO. 11 - NOVEMBER 97
In the pumped-up worlds of medicine and sports, we seldom take time to think about how far we've come, or to be thankful for the progress we've made. On the eve of The Physician and Sportsmedicine's 25th anniversary in 1998—and in the month of our national holiday—it seems fitting to pause just a moment.
A few developments have benefited the practice of sports medicine particularly:
- Increased understanding of the links between exercise and health that give us an inexpensive, relatively painless way to lessen the impact of heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity, depression, and myriad other illnesses.
- Enhanced imaging techniques—CT, MRI, DEXA, etc—that sharpen our diagnostic capabilities and improve the specificity of treatment.
- Advances in arthroscopy that increase the precision of surgery and decrease the time needed for recovery.
- Better rehabilitation techniques that help both dedicated athletes and weekend warriors get back into action faster.
- Computer developments that let us communicate quickly and easily with colleagues around the globe. They've also helped out our billing offices. (But we're also thankful that medicine requires some people skills that have not yet been digitized.)
- Joe Camel's removal from billboards.
- Medical students and residents who are just as enthusiastic about getting into medicine as they were a generation ago.
Thanksgiving can be a partner with hope, too: that the couch-potato majority will get the message, that young people will stay off the tobacco bandwagon, that sports medicine won't get lost in the reshuffling of organized medicine, that quality healthcare becomes available to all—and that you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Richard H. Strauss, MD
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