Robbie Williams Reveals Arthritis Problem

Matthew | Oct 18 2016

Pop star Robbie Williams, formerly of boyband Take That, has revealed that he suffers from arthritis in his back, saying that the pain in his joints has stopped him from playing football and restricted his dancing – so those planning on catching him on tour in the future will likely see a more stripped back show than they are perhaps used to. Easy access inflatable bath lifts could help his condition.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the 42-year-old said: “I’ve got arthritis in my back so I can’t put my foot through a ball. “I have very tight hamstrings, barely existent calves. I dance like a drunk dad at a wedding. But I’ve got to do something to fill the time on stage.”

The singer was speaking after being named as music icon at the Attitude Awards, no doubt a massive achievement for him. He’s also due to receive the Brit Icons Award in November as well.

It’s certainly interesting to see someone so young come out and talk about having arthritis, as it’s often considered to be a condition that only older people suffer from. While it’s true that it typically develops in adults who are in their late 40s or older, and is more common in women, it can affect people of all ages, including children.

In fact, in the UK around 15,000 children and young people are affected by the condition, NHS figures show. However, symptoms often do improve as children age, so they are able to lead a normal life.

The most commonly affected joints are in the hands, spine, knees and hips, with symptoms including fatigue, joint tenderness, pain, swelling, warmth, stiffness and redness.

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