Arthritis is a disabling, degenerative disease that affects approximately 350 million people worldwide. Persistent pain is caused by inflammation of the joints and the main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Celebrities have been affected by this disease too, many of them being professional athletes. Learn from these eight celebrities who suffer from arthritis but have been able to manage their condition and live a fulfilled life.
1. Tiger Woods
After winning the U.S. Open tournament in 2008, Tiger announced that he had been playing with a torn ligament in his left knee for for 10 months. Following the competition, Woods revealed that he would be absent for the remainder of the PGA tour that year due to ACL surgery. When he returned in the 2009 season, infidelity rumors began to swirl and quickly became one of the greatest scandals in professional sports. Tiger announced that he would be taking an indefinite break from competitive golf. He then returned to the sport in 2010, but his career suffered. By 2013 fans saw Tiger’s golf game improve significantly as he finally began winning tournaments again. In 2013, Tiger was named the PGA Player of the Year, but also revealed that he suffers from arthritis. Despite this ailment, he continues to dominate on the golf course.
2. Shaquille O’Neal
Another professional athlete suffers from the disabling disease. The 42-year old retired basketball superstar suffers from osteoarthritis. Shaq has had arthritis in his right big toe for years, due to more than a decade of running, jumping and dunking with his 320-lb. frame. With all that repetitive strain, it’s no big surprise to learn he is one of the celebrities who suffer from arthritis.
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