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Causes of Arthritis

The cause of most types of rheumatic diseases remains unknown and, in many cases, varies depending on the type of rheumatic disease present. However, researchers believe that some/all of the following may play a role in the development or aggravation of one or more types of rheumatic diseases:

  • Genetics and family history (i.e., inherited cartilage weakness)
  • Lifestyle choices (i.e., being overweight)
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Neurogenic disturbances
  • Metabolic disturbances
  • Excessive wear and tear and stress on a joint(s)
  • Environmental triggers
  • The influence of certain hormones on the body

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