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What Causes Arthritis

Benign injuries could grow into arthritis

Arthritis is a disease which causes inflammation of one or more joints in the human body. Severe pain, stiffening, redness, swelling and difficult mobility are some of its symptoms.
Causes of arthritis are very different. There are some well known factors which predispose the formation of joint inflammation.

Injuries
Joint injuries could cause posttraumatic arthritis and contribute to the more rapid wear of joints. Athletes and people with active occupations have such complaints very often. Joint inflammations could be caused also by animal bites, blows and bruises.

Infections
Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses or fungi penetrate joints directly, thus causing inflammations and pain. They could penetrate joints through blood, superficial infections close to joints, and also as a result of an injection or a surgery.

Metabolism Disorders
Metabolism disorders could lead to the development of gouty arthritis. Compromised digestion is the major cause of the disease – as it is accompanied by the formation of uric acid crystals. They accumulate in joints and cause inflammations.

Wrong Immune Response
Sometimes human body reacts to unknown causes in the wrong way. As a result, diseases appear – some of them could become chronic. The cause of these diseases is the weak immune system. Usually, it could not cope with the causes of pain and attacks its own structures. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus arthritis and reactive arthritis are some of the diseases that could emerge.

Worn-out Joints
Osteoarthritis is a disease which occurs in two different ways. One of them is related to inflammation of joints which eventually get worn out. Elderly people suffer mostly from that form of arthritis – particularly problematic are their hip and knee joints. Doctors recommend intake of omega-3 fatty acids for relieving of pain and reduction of inflammation.

Genetic Predisposition
Some forms of arthritis are often inherited, thus affecting the whole family. The rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of the disease.