Is Osteoarthritis Genetic?
Are you currently suffering from osteoarthritis? Our Anchorage orthopedic doctor understands. Whether or not your osteoarthritis is a recent development or you have been a long-time sufferer, you might be wondering how and when the problem arose. You might have noticed a family member of yours have the same condition, such as an aunt or a grandparent.
The truth of the matter is that osteoarthritis does, in fact, have a genetic link. There was once a long-held belief that the condition developed due to stress on the joints and bones. Genetic defects can make the body more susceptible to developing the condition, such as in cases if the body produces too much collagen.
Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis
Although having a relative with osteoarthritis can mean that you or another family member might be predisposed to developing the condition, it is only one factor in the overall outcome. Lifestyle choices and the ensuing consequences still make up the large part of the issue.
Some of the major risk factors for developing osteoarthritis:
- Previous joint injuries
- Deformities in the bone
- Having a job that continuously places stress on the joints
When someone carries extra weight on their body, it places additional stress on the joints, particularly the knees and the hips. This added pressure is also what increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis. When fat tissue accumulates, it also deteriorates the joints due to inflammation.
The problem with osteoarthritis is that might not even realize that there is a problem until the pain becomes nagging and persistent. It is a degenerative disease that can quickly evolve into a considerable problem that affects your overall health and your quality of life.
Get in Touch with Us
We encourage you to discuss your osteoarthritis pain with Dr. Hightower and Anchorage team at Enhance Orthopedic Surgery, LLC. Dr. Hightower has assisted patients who have arthritis, pain due to injuries, fractures, and more as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Please contact us today at (907) 891-7566 to discuss your treatment options for osteoarthritis care!