Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

What are the causes of arthritis?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 29, 2012
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Quick Bites

  • Certain genetic alterations increase the risk of development of arthritis.
  • The risk of arthritis increases with age.
  • The damage to joints increases with excess body weight.
  • Several joint disorders such as joint infection may also cause arthritis.

More

Arthritis is a common disease of the elderly but the exact cause of arthritis is not known. Many factors such as abnormal autoimmune response, genetic susceptibility, environmental or biologic triggers such as a viral infection or hormonal changes contribute to an individual developing this common problem.


Causes of arthritis

Causes of arthritis

  • Genetics: The exact way or to the extent heredity or genetics contributes to development of arthritis is not well understood. But, it is well known that, certain genetic variations increase the risk of development of arthritis.
  • Age: The risk of arthritis increases with age as the cartilage becomes more brittle with age and its capacity to repair and heal decreases.
  • Weight: The risk of joint damage and arthritis increases with excess body weight. The knee and hip are especially prone to wear and tear in people who are obese or overweight.
  • Previous Injury: After joint damage the inflammation may persist or the injury and destruction may cause long-term pain and deformity.
  • Occupational Hazards: The risk of developing arthritis is increased in people in certain occupations such as assembly line workers and workers in heavy construction.
  • Sports: The extent to which sports participation contributes to development of arthritis is not known. Joint injury in sports can lead to subsequent arthritis. However, in most people the benefits of activity outweigh any risk of arthritis.
  • Illness or Infection: Several joint disorders such as joint infection (septic joint), multiple episodes of acute gout attack, increase the risk of damage to joint and development of arthritis.


Arthritis cannot be prevented but early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can prevent joint damage and disability.


Image Source: Getty

Read more articles on Arthritis

 

 

Related Articles
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Write a Review
Post a Comment
Disclaimer +
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.