Certain risk profiles increase a person’s chances of developing osteoarthritis, said Versus Arthritis. This includes being:
- In your late 40s, or older
- A woman
Additional risk factors include having a previous joint injury, or if you were born with joint abnormalities.
“The genes we inherit can affect the likelihood of getting osteoarthritis at the hand, knee or hip,” said Versus Arthritis.
“Some very rare forms of osteoarthritis are linked to mutations of single genes that affect a protein called collagen.”