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Will tennis and swimming help or hinder my sore wrists and thumbs?

Q) Will tennis and swimming help or hinder my sore wrists and thumbs? I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hands, but I still play tennis matches and swim hard, and love both! I'm female, in my late 60s and fit as a fiddle!
Annie (Winter 2016)

A) My advice is to keep going with the sport, particularly as you enjoy it so much. In particular, the mix of swimming – low impact, aerobic, and resistance exercise – with the tennis – high-impact and multi-directional (as well as social) – is a great mix for your bone and joint health.

This answer was provided by Dr Tom Margham for the Winter 2016 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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