Living With Osteoarthritis
Wil Anderson is an Australian stand up comedian who is does TV and radio. He was born on 31st January 1974 which makes him 38. He announced on stage at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival that he had osteoarthritis and would need a double hip replacement within 5 years. Now we all know and understand that living with osteoarthritis is hard but that lack of positive attitude to his hip osteoarthritis will get him nowhere.
It was reported by Digital Spy
The 38-year-old Australian comedian, who is best known for his roles in television shows such as The Gruen Transfer and The Glass House, said that he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis last year during a compulsory medical check for TV employer The ABC.”
I actually say lucky him. His condition has been found now and he can do plenty to help himself. If he has surgery within 5 years he will be only 43. Hip replacement still has a reasonably high failure rate and many surgeons say that you should not have them before the age of 50 so he really ought to consider what he can do to slow the progression of his osteoarthritis.
When you are living with osteoarthritis you can take back control with a positive mental attitude.
He should consider doing physical therapy and a good exercise programme to keep his hips functioning as best he can. Research shows the better function you have going into surgery the better the outcome of the surgery and that physical exercises can help prevent disability in activities of daily living with osteoarthritis. Whenever he has the surgery he need to keep his soft tissue (muscles, tendon and ligaments).
Living with osteoarthritis is no joke though Wil Anderson couldn’t resist this quip:
Anderson said that he had suffered from horrific back pain for years and said of the diagnosis: “My first reaction was, ‘I can never go on The Amazing Race‘.”
Actually I disagree of course you can do the Amazing Race, just at a walk rather than a run! Living with osteoarthritis should NEVER stop you as
Living with osteoarthritis does not mean you can’t live your life- you simply have to modify the way you do things.
Do you agree that you should let your osteoarthritis take control of your life. Should you sit around and simply wait for major surgery- or in Wil’s case 2 major surgeries. Does a positive mental attitude (PMA) help you? Should you be proactive and try to stave off surgery as long as you can? Leave your comments below and tell us how you are living with osteoarthritis.