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Which Is Worse Osteoarthritis Or Arthritis & Is Osteoarthritis Hereditary?

Osteoarthritis of the knee has a tremendous effect on the person’s ability to work and perform daily routine activities. Between 25 to 50 percent of people with osteoarthritis of the joint experience- at best – considerable trouble with travel, holding items or stooping, while 20% either may not carry out or have difficulty performing in house activities. Thus the condition takes a serious emotional toll on the patient. The pain can be severe and debilitating.(1)

Which Is Worse Osteoarthritis Or Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis, which can be caused by many factors, including – physical inactivity. Arthritis affects your bones and joints. It is caused by abnormal inflammation of the cartilage in your bones. This inflammation causes pain and stiffness, swelling, and inflammation. If you are suffering from arthritis, you should take steps to prevent it from becoming more severe. Exercise regularly and eat healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Eating healthy food will help you stay fit and active while also keeping your bones strong.

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which a joint is gradually deformed due to various causes, causing pain and swelling of the joint. The cartilage on the surface of the joint becomes worn, and also, the synovium lining the inside of the joint becomes inflamed, and gradually deforms the bone around the joint, which may happen over many years. Eventually, the movement of the joints will be restricted, and it will interfere with daily life. Deformation of the joint progresses due to age-related changes, as well as mechanical stimulation caused by exercise, injury and weight, and stimulation of inflammation caused by infection.(2)

It May Affect Daily Activities

This type of arthritis is more common among older adults than younger people. Osteoarthritis often makes performing common daily activities difficult like bending over, getting dressed, walking, hitting, squat (particularly if you have osteoarthritis at the knees) or performing specific personal chores as part of work (although for some people osteoarthritis is relatively mild, and they can perform daily work normally). 

While it might not be possible to completely prevent degenerative illnesses once developed, there are osteoarthritis care options available to reduce its impact and make life easier. It is important to note that these treatments do not necessarily cure all arthritis, but they may help with symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. If you are suffering from arthritis, this is a great time to start looking for alternative treatments.(3)

Is Osteoarthritis Hereditary?

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the bones of your body become inflamed or painful. Arthritis can also lead to bone loss, fractures and other problems. The disease can be inherited, but it does not cause osteoporosis. This is not clear precisely what induces osteoarthritis. This could be inherited, and it might be in the family. Athletes and individuals with high sporting activities have a higher chance of having it as such activities strain joints for years. Usually, common wear and tear of the joints due to aging result in the disease. 

The best way to prevent osteoporosis is by avoiding strenuous activities like running, swimming or other outdoor activities. However, there are some things that you can do to improve your health. Exercise regularly exercising helps to improve the strength and flexibility of your bones. Regular physical activity improves the function of these muscles, which in turn helps to reduce pain and stiffness. 

Because of the introduction of the kind of new interventions and supplements, medical care of osteoarthritis has immensely improved over the last few years. Unfortunately, because osteoarthritis and other kinds of chronic bone diseases are mainly hereditary, there are no preventive measures.

It is estimated that about 50 percent of all people with osteoarthritis have a family history of osteoporosis. So associated bone disease will increase your chance of getting osteoarthritis.(4)

Treatment Of Osteoarthritis

No effective treatment for cartilage wear has been established to date. So, to prevent deterioration, exercise moderately, lose weight, and control inflammation by using drugs. Maintaining flexibility and strength around joints is important and your doctor may recommend you take some medications to help maintain flexibility in osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, the use of a cane reduces the burden on the joints and improves mobility. If it progresses further and pain or deformity is strong, joint surgery may be performed, and artificial joints may be inserted after the age of 55.(5)


  1. Bartels EM, Juhl CB, Christensen R, et al. Aquatic exercise for the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016(3).
  2. Jahanban‐Esfahlan R, Mehrzadi S, Reiter RJ, et al. Melatonin in regulation of inflammatory pathways in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis: involvement of circadian clock genes. British journal of pharmacology. 2018;175(16):3230-3238.
  3. Chen D, Shen J, Zhao W, et al. Osteoarthritis: toward a comprehensive understanding of pathological mechanism. Bone research. 2017;5(1):1-13.
  4. Magnusson K, Hagen KB. Hereditary and environmental factors causing total joint replacement due to hip and knee osteoarthritis–a twin registry based prospective cohort study. Norsk Epidemiologi. 2016;26(1-2).
  5. Newberry SJ, FitzGerald J, SooHoo NF, et al. Treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: an update review. 2017.

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Last Modified On:April 30, 2020

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