Risk Factors of Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disorder, which is characterized by inflammation of the joints that is very painful and can result in limited mobility. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, although 10% of these make up the majority of all cases of arthritis.

There are a number of risk factors that can increase the chance of developing arthritis. It is very important to quickly diagnose arthritis, because even though there is no cure there are a number of treatments that can help control this disease. It is very important to understand the symptoms of arthritis and speak with a doctor if they are present, especially for those who are at an increased risk of developing arthritis.

Risk Factors for Developing Arthritis Include:

  • Age – Seniors and the elderly are at an increased risk of developing arthritis, although it can be found in people of all ages.
  • Gender – Arthritis is more common in females.
  • Genetics – There have been a number of studies that have shown several genes that can increase the risk of developing arthritis. Some of these genes have been found to be hereditary, meaning they can be passed down generation to generation.
  • Obesity – Those who are overweight are more likely to get arthritis.
  • Injury – Injuries, specifically those of the joints, such as a broken knee, can increase the risk that arthritis will develop.
  • Smoking – Smoking cigarettes has been linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Certain Types of Physical Activities – Those who preform repetitive hand or feet motions are more likely to develop arthritis. This might be linked to work, such as someone who does a great deal of typing. Some types of athletes are also at increased risk of developing arthritis.

It is often possible to reduce the risk of developing arthritis, such as by quitting smoking or loosing weight. However, in the case of risk factors like genetics, this is not possible.

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