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5 common risk factors of arthritis in children and young adults

Did you know mobile phones, gaming devices and computers can put you at risk of arthritis?

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : August 2, 2017 10:09 PM IST


Most people associate arthritis to old age, but not many know that even children and young adults can be at risk. Arthritis affects 15% of Indians and has high prevalence than other common disease. Dr Anil Raheja, Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery, Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Delhi lists a few common causes and risk factors of arthritis in young people and kids.


Autoimmune disorders: Did you know autoimmune disease also puts young adults and children at risk of arthritis? It is a condition in which the immune system, which fights bacteria, attacks the healthy cells leading to infection and inflammation of the joints.  Also Read - Can Divorce Impact Children's Behavior And Mental Health?


Obesity: Although arthritis affects people of all ages, genders, and sizes, the risk increases if one is overweight. Excess body weight adds additional stress on the joints, especially knees, hips, and back and can also cause cartilage damage, which is the hallmark of osteoarthritis.