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Why are Women More Prone to Arthritis

Why are Women More Prone to Arthritis

Though there is no exact reason why women’s risks are higher, there are several factors that can contribute to it.

Arthritis is a disorder that comes in hundreds of forms. Though it often hits them later in life, women are at a significantly higher risk for arthritis than men, especially when it comes to the most common types: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis.

These two vary by cause, in that osteoarthritis is mainly caused by wear and tear of the cartilage of a joint, whereas RA is an autoimmune response. Though there is no exact reason why women’s risks are higher, there are several factors that can contribute to it. From your family history to hormonal differences, here are a few theories on why a woman’s risk is higher than males’:

Hormones and Hip Shape
Many believe that the hormonal difference is what causes women to have a higher risk of arthritis. As women hit menopause, their estrogen levels decrease. Estrogen helps fight inflammation, which may be a factor in the increase of arthritis risks. Women are also built with more flexible joints for childbirth, which some believe increases the risk for arthritis as well.

Testosterone
Testosterone is the male hormone that helps build muscle. This often leads to stronger legs. With stronger muscles comes better support for your joints, often lowering your chances of arthritis.

What You Can Control
Though you can’t control all risk factors, there are many you can, such as weight and activity level. If you are experiencing arthritis pain in your knees or hips, Power River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options so you can rest assured that you get the best possible outcome and are back to a happy and active life in no time.

Call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit www.cchwyo.org/PROS to learn more.

PROS is a Campbell County Medical Group Clinic with Campbell County Health