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The Risk Factors of Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition affecting the joints in your body causes stiffness and pain. Nearly one in five American adults have it, but anyone can get it. Are you at risk for developing Arthritis?

There are several non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors for developing arthritis. Non-modifiable risk factors are those which cannot be avoided. Still, it is important to recognize if you exhibit these qualities so you can seek help early. Early detection means early treatment and early treatment prevents damage.

Non-modifiable risk factors

  • Age: The risk of developing most types of arthritis increases with age.
  • Gender: Most types of arthritis are more common n women; 60% of all people with arthritis are women. Gout is more common in men.
  • Genetic: Specific genes are associated with a higher risk of certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), and ankylosing spondylitis.

Modifiable risk factors

  • Overweight and Obesity: Excess weight can contribute to both the onset and progression of knee osteoarthritis.
  • Joint Injuries: Damage to a joint can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis in that joint.
  • Infection: Many microbial agents can infect joints and potentially cause the development of various forms of arthritis.
  • Occupation: Certain occupations involving repetitive knee bending and squatting are associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Could your joint pain be arthritis?

The most common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness, redness and swelling and decreased range of motion. If you are suffering from these symptoms, talk to your doctor about your options.

Read more about Arthritis

This information and more is available in our Arthritis educational flyer. Download it here.

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