I can feel it In My Bones
When you were growing up, did you hear things like, “Don’t crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.” Or “I swear the weather’s changing. I can feel it in my bones because of my arthritis.” There is some truth to the latter sentence, but the first one is simply a wives tale. Arthritis is not caused by cracking your knuckles, but some people with the diagnosis can feel when the weather changes, because of the effects it has on the joints, like swelling or stiffness. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of arthritis affect the joints. Many of them include:
- Decreased range of motion
- Hereditary: Some types of arthritis do get passed from generation to generation, so your family history does come into play. You may also have genes that simply make you more susceptible to other factors.
- Age: Cartilage does become more brittle as you age, so your risks increase with each birthday.
- Weight: Putting extra stress (or weight) on your joints, like your hips, knees and spine, create a higher risk for developing arthritis.
- Previous Injury: If you’ve experienced a previous joint injury, you may have irregularities in your joint surface. This can lead to a higher risk of developing arthritis in that joint.
- Gender: Men tend to be more at risk for gout (another type of arthritis) while women have a greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
- Occupation: Repeated action on a joint can lead to osteoarthritis. This is true with many who worked in construction and assembly lines.