Because there are several variations of arthritis and each has its own causes, the answer to this question isn’t simple. However, having a family history of arthritis, being overweight, smoking, drinking to excess, eating poorly, and being female are known to increase your risk of the most common forms of arthritis.
Additionally, prior injuries can cause arthritis, so preventing those injuries whenever possible can reduce your risk.
If you’re experiencing the following signs and symptoms, schedule an appointment with an orthopedist for further evaluation and treatment today:
Arthritis is chronic, which means you experience symptoms indefinitely after you develop the disease, but symptoms can peak and wane. Many patients with arthritis have good days and bad days.
Women and those with a family history of arthritis are at highest risk of developing the disease. While you can’t control these risk factors, you can quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight, and eat a healthy diet to limit your risk of arthritis.
Arthritis is common; nearly 1 in 4 Americans suffers from the disease.
Arthritis is diagnosed based on physical examination, lab tests, and imaging tests like x-rays and MRIs. The diagnostic tests you require can vary depending on your symptoms. Some patients may not need lab tests or x-rays.
Treatment depends on the kind of arthritis you have and the causes of that arthritis, and may include:
Talk to your doctor to find the right treatment for your arthritis.