Bush Gets MRI on Left Shoulder

Dec 22, 2008 2:38pm

ABC News’ Huma Khan Reports: President George W. Bush on Monday got an MRI of his left shoulder and a cortisone injection for pain at the Walter Reed Medical Center before visiting wounded soldiers at the hospital.

White House physician, Dr. Richard Tubb conducted the MRI and set up the appointment after Bush experienced intermittent pain, but the doctor said it’s "probably just wear and tear from an active individual."

"It’s in good shape … it’s about an 80 mile-an-hour fastball," Bush said when asked by reporters how his shoulder is doing.

Deputy press secretary Gordon Johndroe said the pain has not impacted the president’s duties.

Bush was at Walter Reed Monday afternoon — in his 16th visit to the hospital — to meet 13 soldiers who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. He presented Purple Hearts to seven soldiers and also met the family of a service member who is in the ICU.

"Every time I come here, I get amazed at the quality of care, the professionalism, and the courage of our troops. I can say with certainty that the health care that our troops get in military medical facilities is excellent," Bush said. "I am so pleased to hear from spouses and other loved ones about the care they get, as well, when they come to visit their wounded — wounded child or wounded husband or wounded spouse."

Bush said it would be his last trip as president to Walter Reed.

"You know, I oftentimes say being the Commander-in-Chief of the military is the thing I’ll miss the most, and coming here to Walter Reed is a reminder of why I’ll miss it," the president said.

Results from the MRI are expected later today.

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