Living your best life with arthritis.

American boxer James “The Cinderella Man” Braddock’s fight with arthritis

James J. Braddock, “The Cinderella Man” is an Irish American boxer who held the world heavyweight championships from 1935 to 1937. Braddock was famous for his powerful right hand and persevering through personal ups and downs, which included having to work at the docks during the Great Depression and having to switch his technique due to arthritis that developed in his hands as a result of injuries throughout his career.

A boxer in his arenaAlthough Braddock eventually retired due to his arthritis, he never once gave up. When pain and stiffness became especially bad in his dominant right hand, he retrained to make his left arm the stronger one. Braddock’s career highlight includes winning the fight with John “Corn” Griffin, the “Ozark Cyclone” and heavyweight contender, Art Lasky. On June 13, 1935, Braddock played one of the most memorable matches in boxing history – winning the heavyweight championship of the world against the then World Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer, as the 10-to-1 underdog. Above is a video recap of the boxing match captured by BoxingMemories.com

The type of arthritis Braddock has is post-traumatic arthritis. This type of arthritis can be avoided by preventing injuries, ensuring you use the proper techniques and treating your injuries appropriately. You can also slow the onslaught of arthritis by maintaining a healthy body weight and staying active. It is also important to recognize the possible stress you put on your joints and how and which joints they affect.

In an interview with Everyday Health, Dr. Louis Kwong, chairman and program director of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre in Torrance, California, distinguished the difference between wear-and-tear arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis: “There are a few clues doctors use to find out whether your arthritis is a result of physical trauma or the run-of-the-mill wear and tear that happens with age. For one, typical osteoarthritis is more often seen in people who are in their sixties or older. When a young person has it, doctors are more likely to suspect trauma. Another clue: Arthritis is an isolated joint more often points to post-traumatic arthritis, while symptoms in multiple joints suggest inflammatory types of arthritis.”