6/26/2010 12:16am, #181
Dude's also got an inflamed and painful joint that's wrecking his performance. Dude's team doctor, rather than actually addressing the injury at hand, gives him a cortisone shot to get him through the game.
Eventually dude's joint degrades and he's basically a cripple.
I personally consider that to be abuse, given that the medical intervention is actually leading to long-term damage.