Former Strictly Come Dancing professional, Joanne Clifton, first appeared on the hit BBC programme back in 2014. Despite her love for the show, she called it a day in 2017 after winning the competition with Ore Oduba – now, she has shared her health concerns.
I do have osteoarthritis in both knees, so I don’t know if I could hold out on it
Joanne, 37, who recently appeared in Eurobeat: The Pride of Europe, has spoken to Express.co.uk about her ongoing battle with osteoarthritis.
The Grimsby born ace has admitted that she needs surgery on both her knees, which requires her to take daily supplements.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes joints to become stiff and painful and is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.
While the severity of the condition varies in each patient, factors believed to increase the risk according to the NHS include joint injuries, age, family history, being a female and other underlying health conditions.
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Joanne Clifton has exclusively shared her health concerns with Express.co.uk
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Joanne revealed that due to her diagnosis, she would rule out a return to the Strictly ballroom.
She said: “I love Strictly, I’m so grateful that I was on it, but if I’m honest, I do have osteoarthritis in both knees, so I don’t know if I could hold out on it.”
Explaining further, she continued: “Maybe a Christmas special or Children In Need special, I’m definitely up for going back.
“It’s such a family environment, I know that some people would like to make out that it isn’t, but it really is in terms of the years that I was on anyway.”
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Joanne suffers from osteoarthritis in her knees and requires surgery
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At the time of her diagnosis, Kevin Clifton’s sister was advised by medical staff to slow down when it comes to working out and dancing.
However, she admits that her doctors would “kill her” after ignoring their advice.
“The doctors will kill me but like I actually find it better to do more, the more I carry on dancing and the more like I go for long walks every morning now and running, I was absolutely advised against running but if I don’t keep active, they’d get worse.”
She added: “I get moments when they do hurt and stuff like that, I’ve got to take supplements and all sorts.”
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Addressing how her diagnosis has impacted her career thus far, Joanne said: “Even in the Strictly final, there is a picture online somewhere of my knees in the dress run that we do and I’ve got them all strapped up and stuff.
“We were actually worried whether I could actually go on and do the final that year, they got the backup, I think it was Karen [Hauer], to learn my routines ready to go on if I just couldn’t walk anymore.”
The international star went on to add: “I think mine [arthritis] is just general wear and tear but I go against them [doctors], I’m bad, really, I go against their advice and I do more than maybe I should.”
Joanne revealed that the cartilage in her knees has worn away, leaving her with “holes”.
Addressing the surgery she requires, Joanne admits that she is delaying it due to fears surrounding her professional career.
“I just feel like if I do that I might not be able to dance the same again, but anyway, this is why I’m moving more and more into the singing and acting side.
“You know that singing and acting doesn’t matter if you can’t really dance as much anymore and I am 37 I’m not going to be dancing the best I’ve ever danced you know, I’m not going to be able to dance forever, am I?”
Since bidding farewell to Strictly, Joanne has gone on to take the leading role of Millie Dillmount in the UK tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2017, following in the footsteps of Amanda Holden and Donna Steele.
During the first lockdown period, Joanne wrapped up writing her own musical alongside A1 singer, Ben Adams, titled Bloody Nora.
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