Some Info on Arthritis Causes

Arthritis CausesSome Info on Arthritis Causes

Arthritis is not an old persons disease only. Here, is some information about the causes of arthritis.

According to HealthLine, cartilage is a flexible, connective tissue in joints that absorbs the pressure and shock created from movement like running and walking. It also protects the joints and allows for smooth movement.

Some forms of arthritis are caused by a reduction in the normal amount of this cartilage tissue. Osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis, is caused by normal wear and tear throughout life; this natural breakdown of cartilage tissue can be exacerbated by an infection or injury to the joints.

The risk of developing osteoarthritis may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.

Another common form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body. These attacks affect the synovium, which secretes a fluid that nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can eventually lead to the destruction of both bone and cartilage inside the joint. The exact cause of the immune system’s attacks has not yet been discovered, but scientists have discovered genetic markers that increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis tenfold.

Source: HealthLine

To date, and according to Health In Site, the cause of arthritis is not fully known. One theory is that some people are genetically predisposed to developing the disease, but this is not yet proven. Factors that may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis include:

  • obesity, which puts added strain on joints
  • jobs that involve repetitive movements of a particular joint, or
  • previous damage to a joint, such as from a sports injury.

Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be caused by a fault in the immune system that causes the body to attack its own tissues. This may be inherited genetically.

People with a family history of osteoarthritis seem to be more prone to developing the condition, although the reason why has not been fully established.

Arthritis caused by an infection is called ‘reactive arthritis’. It’s very difficult to diagnose and can develop at any age, but is more commonly seen in younger people. Reactive arthritis can last between a few weeks and six months. Antibiotics are often the first line of treatment for reactive arthritis. A steroid injection may also be offered to alleviate inflamed joints.

Source: HealthInSite

Arthritis cannot exactly be “cured.” What you can actually do is to look for ways that can help alleviate the pain and the progression of the disease. This is why if you have a family history of arthritis, it is really best if you seek the help of your doctor the moment that you feel any of the symptoms of the disease such as pain in the joints.



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