I'm old and I would have no idea who she was talking about. I'd never heard of this person before. It probably helps that I'm not American, I suppose.
Approximately six years ago, Mary Lou Retton began experiencing pain in her left hip. As a world-renowned gymnast, Mary Lou had no idea she had been born with hip dysplasia, an anatomic abnormality. Her performances during the 1984 Olympic Games had earned Mary Lou five medals, the greatest number of medals won by any athlete that year and placed her as the first American woman to win the All Around Gold Medal in women's gymnastics. Dealing with hip pain in recent years had become Mary Lou's newest challenge, severely limiting her active lifestyle.
When the pain began, Mary Lou visited her general practitioner, who prescribed medication. Then, approximately two years ago, Mary Lou decided to seek the advice of a specialist, Houston orthopedic surgeon Brian S. Parsley, M.D. After reviewing results from her diagnostic workup, Dr. Parsley stated, "Mary Lou, there's no way around it. You need a hip replacement." Mary Lou replied that she just wasn't ready yet. Dr. Parsley responded, "You'll be back."
This new analysis of Medicare data found a 15 percent increase in the overall rate of hip replacement, a 48 percent increase in the overall rate of knee replacement and a 67 percent increase in the overall rate of shoulder replacement from 2000-2001 to 2005-2006. Meanwhile, the rate of shoulder replacement was 10 times higher in some regions than others during 2005-2006, and the rates of hip and knee replacements were four times higher.]
Old? Please, I'm 27. Being culturally ignorant sucks, I kniw exactly what a Mary Lou Retton cut means
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