Jet-setting climber Mike back to his best with help from top city sports physio

A mountaineering enthusiast has been given a new lease of life by a top city sports physiotherapist.

Former business owner Mike Anderson, 76, from Bradway, has spent over 45 years hiking around the world, scaling mountains in places as far-flung as South America, Africa and Nepal.

But Mike suffered a huge setback just under two years ago. While outside in the garden doing some heavy lifting - a feature of his job in the past - he triggered arthritis in his wrists, putting him in intense pain.

This added to a long-standing knee injury suffered over three decades ago when climbing, and meant that Mike had to endure incredible pain when doing everyday tasks such as getting dressed - doing up buttons was a particular chore.

Mike felt it was time to search for a method of rehabilitation, and when he started swimming as a form of exercise which would put minimal pressure on his hands, he was encouraged by a fellow swimmer to visit Dr Michael Lee, of Sheffield Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy.

Mike said: "I was getting nowhere with exercises, and the pain was unbearable. But I started visiting Michael and he started to manipulate my knee and my wrists. My results have been tremendous."

It was 30 years ago that Mike first suffered his knee injury, when his right leg slipped into a snow hole while he was climbing Ben Lawers in Scotland.

And after first getting into climbing by joining the Castle Mountaineering Club around the time of its formation, Mike has since travelled across the world along with his wife, Jill.

And he hopes that that can continue mountaineering now that he's had help from Michael to get properly back up to speed. Only recently, Mike tackled Schiehallion on his way to Cairn Gorm in Scotland and suffered no ill consequences.

"When I think about how I was around a year-and-a-half ago and how I am now, there's just no comparison," said Mike.

"The pain is significantly reduced to the point where I feel I can carry on with what I was doing before, and I'm already making plans for where I can go next."

Dr Lee, who is a consultant sports physiotherapist and sports scientist, said: "I'm very glad that I've been able to help Mike get back to where he wanted to be.

"Mountaineering is a big part of his life and has been for many years, so it's very rewarding to see the positive reaction that Mike's wrists and knee have had to my treatment."

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