Risk Factors

The risk factors for arthritis are as follows.

  • Family History – One may develop the risk of arthritis if any of the parent or ancestors have the condition. The genes make the person more sensitive to the environmental factors that cause arthritis.
  • Age – The risk of certain arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout advance with the age.
  • Sex – Men are more likely to develop gout whereas women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Prior Joint Injury – People with any previous joint injuries, possibly while playing are at higher risk in developing arthritis to that particular joint.
  • Obesity – Lifting huge weights puts pressure on joints, especially on the hips, spine and knees. Moreover, obese people are at greater risk in developing arthritis