If a member of your immediate family suffers from Rheumatoid arthritis, you may wonder if you are also at risk. While it is believed that arthritis in general may be genetic, it is not conclusive that RA can be inherited.
Recently, however, a study suggests that genes associated with obesity may also be linked to RA. This research, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, studied the genetic data of over 800,000 people to determine this correlation.
More information on this study can be found at the American Journal of Managed Care.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that affects the linings of the joints. Symptoms of RA include a stiffness and/or swelling of the joints, fatigue, redness of the skin, and a “pins and needles” sensation. If untreated, RA can lead to severe body pain, bone problems and deformity of the affected joints. Patients are commonly diagnosed in middle age or later, with women more at risk.
Other Links Between Weight and Joint Pain
It is important to know that other types of arthritis may be linked to weight issues. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint ailment that affects the cartilage, can become a greater risk depending on a person’s weight. Weight loss and proper weight management may help reduce the amount of pain one experiences — it’s recommended to consult with a physician.
OA is common among senior citizens and often affects joints in the lower body, particularly the knees. Treatments for osteoarthritis may include joint replacement surgery and physical therapy. Treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis may include therapy and medication.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our physicians provide different treatments for patients suffering joint pain. Whether you require minimally-invasive surgery or physical therapy to improve range of motion and flexibility, we are here to help. Contact us today for more information on our joint replacement and joint pain management.