What are the causes and risk factors of arthritis?

Following are the two major types of causes and risk factors behind the occurrence of arthritis in a person:

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors

  • Age: As the age increases the risk for the development of arthritis increases.
  • Gender: Many of the arthritis types are common in women. 60% of arthritis patients are women.
  • Genetic: Certain genes carry more risk of some types of arthritis as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

Modifiable Risk Factors

  • Obesity: Overweight can bring you near the risk of developing arthritis and even the progression of arthritis.
  • Joint Injuries: Injury to the joint can increases the risk of arthritis.
  • Infection: Infections can also contribute to increases the risk of arthritis.
  • Occupation: Some of the occupations that require repetitive or continuous knee bending and squatting elevate the risk of developing certain types of arthritis.
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