Published by Steve Hedberg on January 12, 2012
As is the case with almost all other types of arthritis, the risk for osteoarthritis is much higher in females than it is in males. The reason behind this increased risk in woman is not understood completely, although several risk factors have been identified. In woman, the risk of osteoarthritis in the fingers and hands is the greatest. Osteoporosis is also much more common in females, but a more concrete link between these two diseases has not been identified yet.
However, the diseases can, and do, often work together to form a dangerous combination, as those who have osteoporosis can break their bones very easily and arthritis increases the risk of falling. For many, since tasks such as using the stairs, or even standing, become harder when arthritis develops, using tools like lift recliners provides a way for decreasing the risk of injury. However, if left untreated, arthritis often causes deformities and disabilities, so it is essential to speak with a doctor and begin treatment as soon as possible.