Swimming kept me going in the face of life’s challenges
I came back to swimming in my 50s and found I felt all the same things I had for it growing up – a sense of release and relief. It handed me back my spirit!
While swimming and carrying out my daily activities, I noticed aches and pains. I ignored it, but then it got worse and I went to see my doctor. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
As a physiotherapist, I know all about osteoarthritis. I had counselled many of my patients through this condition. But it’s different being the patient.
I had to give up practicing physiotherapy due to the pain caused by osteoarthritis. In the meantime, I have been focusing my energy on swimming.
Movement is the most effective treatment apart from medication to reduce pain for osteoarthritis sufferers.
My advice is to find what makes you feel free and keep moving! For more of my story, watch the video.
While there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, there are ways to manage pain and inflammation through exercise, healthy eating and medication.
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Other common NSAIDs are ibuprofen or naproxen. Diclofenac is one of the most widely used pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medicines in the world. It works by relieving pain, and reducing swelling and inflammation.read more