What Are the Leading Causes of Arthritis?

Arthritis Arthritis is a joint disorder that causes swelling and inflammation of the joints, resulting in pain and stiffness. With 24 percent of adults in the U.S. suffering from arthritis, it is a fear for many wondering if they, too, are at risk of this common joint disorder. This article will discuss the leading causes of arthritis so you can take the proper precautions and care.

What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

Arthritis typically targets the joints, but every person will experience their symptoms differently. They include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Less range of motion

You may also experience stiffness the worst in the morning time and after periods of inactivity. It’s possible for this to subside with activity and stretching, but you should still seek treatment if you’re looking for symptom relief.

What Causes Arthritis? 

Unfortunately, several factors can put you at risk of arthritis, a few of which cannot be prevented or changed.

The two most common risk factors for arthritis include family history and age. As you age, the risks of arthritis increase with age. Furthermore, if you have a parent or sibling who has developed arthritis, you are more likely to develop it too.

It has also been found that women are more likely to develop arthritis. This may be due to hormones in the female sex that affect the cushioning cartilage that prevents the bones and joints from rubbing together.

Other common factors may include joint injuries and obesity, both of which put stress on the joints and put you at a higher risk.

Schedule a Consultation With a Professional

For those who are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, there are treatment options available to relieve you and allow you to continue to partake in the activities you enjoy. For arthritis treatment on Long Island, Orthopedic Associates of Long Island has a compassionate and knowledgeable team ready to serve you. Schedule a consultation today at (631) 689-6698 or visit www.oali.com.

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