Treated by: James Newman
Procedure: Total knee replacement
“Covid-19 or not I’d give him a great big kiss. He’s given me my life back.”
7km – zero
Jo-Anne Charalambous led an extremely active life. Each day she would walk 6-7km with her dog. She enjoyed dancing. And as the head of a Yorkshire primary school, every day would see her covering more miles within the school. Then, very quickly, osteoarthritis struck and everything ground to a painful halt.
“I went from being very active to being barely able to walk in just a matter of weeks,” Jo-Anne explains. “It was just a nightmare. Driving would bring tears to my eyes. At work I just had to grit my teeth.”
Over the following six months Jo-Anne saw her GP, a physio, tried painkillers and swimming and was referred to a musculo-skeletal specialist, but the pain remained. “I almost gave up at that point,” she reflects.