Oh no. Lady Gaga announced with sadness last night via her social media PA system that she needs to cancel shows immediately due to terrible case of “synovitis (severe inflammation of the joints).” The “Born This Way” pop star, a devout yogi and might have been legendary stilts walker, posted on twitter about a stage injury and chronic pain she’s been hiding for the past month that has gone beyond the point of toleration, even for a lady who delights in creating her own tootsie torture devices.
Due to a case of synovitis, (severe inflammation of joints) Gaga’s doctor has ordered her to postpone show in Chicago, Detroit + Hamilton
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 12, 2013
Not only is that a bummer to hear, it’s also pretty surprising. Well, sort of. On one hand, we know Gaga is a proud yogi (her style of choice primarily Bikram) but on the other paw, her stage antics and medieval living room furniture she calls shoes are bound to take a toll.
Synovitis is actually an inflammation of the lining of the joint (the synovial membrane) of a synovial joint (aka most of your joints: knee, shoulder, hip, wrist etc.). A common symptom of synovitis is swelling of the joints due to the pooling of synovial fluid, the stuff that lubricates the joints, helps with shock absorption and supplies oxygen and nutrients and removes carbon dioxide and metabolic wastes from the cells in your cartilage. Synovitis is often associated with arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, as well as lupus, gout and osteoarthritis.
Good grief, Gaga. We wish you well. And may we suggest a little Yin or restorative yoga on your down time, maybe even Iyengar? Pick up a copy of Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide by Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, grab a cup of tea, a bolster or two and relax. It’s bunny slippers for you, sister.
We invite you to share your yoga suggestions for Lady Gaga in the comments.
UPDATE: Lady Gaga is forced to cancel the rest of her tour, 21 more dates, due to a labral tear in her right hip. She will need to have surgery and likely lots of R&R recovery time. The injury was caused by strenuous repetitive movements and is something that could certainly happen to any of us really, even in yoga. So a message to all: we’ve said it time and again, no yoga-ing on your platform shoes and meat dress dear yogsters. Seriously now, be safe. Get well soon, Gaga.
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