Arthritis Pain And It’s Risk Factors

Arthritis Pain And It’s Risk Factors

Posted on February 9, 2015 by ElderCare Resources in Arthritis, Blog, Healthy Living, Medical Research

Top 5 Risk Factors for Arthritis Pain

Many people expect to develop osteoarthritis, the form of arthritis caused by degenerating tissues in joints, and its associated aches and pains as they age. However, there are risk factors that can make you more likely to struggle with this disease.

Here are the top five risks factors to developing osteoarthritis:

1. Age and sex – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are more likely to develop any form of arthritis – not just osteo – as they age. However, osteoarthritis is primarily affected by the wear and tear on joints over time. CDC said 50 percent of people will develop knee osteoarthritis by the age of 85. Between 2010 and 2012, 49.7 percent of people over age 65 had some form of arthritis. Women are also more likely to develop osteoarthritis, says the Mayo Clinic.

2. Obesity – “Carrying extra body weight contributes to osteoarthritis in several ways. It puts added stress on weight-bearing joints, such as your hips and knees,” says the Mayo Clinic. “In addition, fat tissue produces proteins that may cause harmful inflammation in and around your joints.” WebMD also says lack of exercise, which often comes along with obesity, can also be a contributing factor. The CDC said two out of three obese people may develop osteoarthritis in their knees.

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3. Repetitive motions – People with jobs or hobbies that require repetitive motions affecting particular joints may increase the risk of osteoarthritis in that joint.
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4. Everyday Health says about 15 percent of people who experienced a sports injury develop arthritis over time. Joint damage makes you seven times more likely to develop arthritis. So that hard hit and torn ligament on the football field in high school may come back to haunt you. Maintaining a healthy weight and being conscious of the pressure you put on your joints throughout your life can help.

5. Genetics – If osteoarthritis, or other types like rheumatoid arthritis are in your family, it increases the likelihood that you will develop the disease.