Genetic Predisposition Testing for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, occurs when the cartilage between the joints starts to break down, resulting in joint pain and stiffness and loss of mobility. Cartilage is the substance that acts as a cushion between bones. Osteoarthritis can affect a variety of joints including the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees. In many cases it is not possible to identify a single cause for the onset of Osteoarthritis.
Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis include:
- Pain in the joints during or after movement
- Tenderness of joints
- Stiffness particularly first thing in the morning and after a period of inactivity
- Loss of flexibility in joint movement
- Development of bone spurs, that are extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, that may form around the affected joint
What causes Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis occurs in the majority of cases as a result of ageing. With the progression of age, the cartilage of the bone starts to wear away, causing increasing friction between the bones at the joint, as a result of repetitive use. Eventually the cartilage can wear away completely, causing the bones of the joint to start rubbing together.This leads to pain and loss of joint mobility.
Risk factors associated with the onset of Osteoarthritis include being female, being obese, as a result of occupations that place a lot of stress on the joints, and as a secondary factor to other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Paget’s disease of the bone. A strong genetic link towards developing Osteoarthritis has been established and this condition tends to run in families.
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