A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop osteoarthritis with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing osteoarthritis. If you have a number of risk factors, ask yourdoctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Specific Lifestyle Factor
You have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis if you have or have had:
The tendency to develop osteoarthritis frequently runs in families.
Risk factors for developing osteoarthritis in specific joints are different for different ethnic backgrounds. For example:
You are more likely to develop osteoarthritis if you:
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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/ .
Manek NJ, Lane NE. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician . 2000;51(6). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000315/1795.html.
Last reviewed September 2011 by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
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