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Phil Mickelson found out all about arthritis last year when pain in almost every joint nearly took him out of Tour golf.

Phil Mickelson found out all about arthritis last year when pain in almost every joint in his body nearly took him out of Tour golf.

By his own estimate, it also caused him to lose at least 20 per cent of his strength, but because he sought medical advise early enough to be successfully treated, he is back in golf on a full time basis this year

Physicians put the World No 6 on a treatment plan that has enabled him to manage the symptoms and has left him so impressed at what can be done for arthritis sufferers, he wants to go out and tell the world about it.

The world’s best-known left-handed golfer has joined forces with Amgen and Pfizer to launch a public awareness campaign called “On Course with Phil.”

The idea is for people with psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or plaque psoriasis to have it diagnosed early and then to get on a treatment program best suited to their specific problems.

Mickelson has not signed any endorsement contacts and his clothing an equipment will not carry any advertising but his campaign
will be advertised and a website (www.oncoursewithphil.com) will enable people to read his story and get information.

Mickelson insist that early treatment “makes all the difference”.

“I’m in a good place now,” he told the Associated Press, this week.

“I’m able to practice and work out hard. As I’ve said, my goal is to make this year the kind of year I wanted last year to be. I also want to help other people who have situations similar to mine, because it’s very manageable.”

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