Jack has been an athlete all his life starting with Little League sports.  He always works out with 100% intensity and had never
taken time off unless he had no choice due to an injury.  He tore his ACL playing football in college, worked through the pain and
finally had surgery when he was thirty.  He has had many periods of aches and pains but worked through all of them and eventually
they “went away”.  In 2005 he slid, going full speed, into a lift support on a ski slope.  His back and hip hit the post, but both X-ray
and MRI came back with no breaks or fractures.  He was assured by his doctors that there was nothing wrong even though he
continued to have discomfort in his hip.  He resumed his exercise routine and continued to participate in triathlons even though his
strength and mobility in his hip was becoming increasingly limited.   Finally, a little over a year after his injury he convinced the
doctor to take another MRI of his left hip.  This time, it showed severe osteoarthritis with large osteophytes arising from both the
femoral and acetabular aspects of the joint.  He was scheduled for a hip replacement immediately.  In one year his hip went from
a normal hip to a hip so deteriorated replacement was the only option.  How can this happen?  After the surgery his hip felt much
better but within a month he had a new pain in his left knee.  He had X-ray and MRI of the knee and was told once again that there
was nothing wrong with his knee.  He had a variety of treatments that didn’t help and was afraid of where it was all heading.  Of
course, during this time Jack was exercising regularly.
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