As 2006 draws to a close, there are many things to be thankful for. Since starting this blog in April of 2006, I have had a wonderful opportunity to interact with many of you who have commented and visited the blog. Hopefully, I have presented a fair and balanced approach to many of the topics discussed in joint replacement surgery. The field of orthopedics continues to grow with improved implants, better surgical techniques, and improved rehabilitation protocols. All of these have helped patients get back to activity with less pain and better function. I encourage all of you to educate yourselves about the various options available to treat conditions that adversely affect our joints. But, take a moment to appreciate all the good things in your lives and also take time and energy to help those less fortunate then us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
William P. Barrett, M.D.