Can I Inherit Arthritis From My Parents?

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 10:19 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Is arthritis hereditary?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Not always. While many autoimmune and arthritic disorders may be inherited, there are many forms of non-inherited arthritis. Any fracture or damage to a joint will produce premature arthritic change, independent of heredity.
 
Overuse and stress-related arthritis is not heredity. Joint Infections and some drug side effects can also cause arthritis. But when I consider all the cases of chronic arthritis I have seen, the vast majority of chronic sufferers of arthritis have indeed had a positive past family history of the disease.

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