Did Michelangelo have arthritis?

Fri, Feb 12, 2016

The name Michelangelo in many circles is synonymous with artistic mastery. Now, new research suggests that name may also be closely linked to arthritis.


A study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine posits that the great sculptor was “afflicted by an illness involving his joints.”


Click here for more on the study.


The researchers, analyzing three portraits and Michelangelo’s written complaints to his nephew of soreness and stiffness in his hands, say the information gleaned suggests that the great art master likely suffered from arthritis.


The study offers a unique take on one of history’s most renowned artists, says Dr. Brian J. Klika, an orthopedic surgeon with BayCare Clinic. He is fellowship trained in hand surgery.


“The study definitely makes for a good read,” Klika said. “It’s interesting to see the retroactive diagnosis these researchers applied to such a historic figure. But I’m delighted to say our current technology and medical expertise makes it easy to accurately diagnose and determine the best treatment for similar conditions experienced by patients today.”


BayCare Clinic’s orthopedics and sports medicine physicians offer diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of bone, joint or connective tissue disorders, including treatment of arthritis.


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