Women more susceptible to arthritis: Expert

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and the percentage of people who have it grows higher with age.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 9, 2015 9:26 am

On the occasion on World Physiotherapy Day, around 100 staff members of Panjab University (PU) gathered at the Sports Hall Tuesday for an awareness talk on arthritic knee and delayed joint replacement. On the occasion, a lecture was delivered by Dr (Prof) Ramesh K Sen, Director of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Explaining the the ways in which arthritis can occur, Dr Sen said, “Arthritis is a degenerative disease of joints, and is not just restricted to aging. By nature, women face a triple threat of risk factors when it comes to arthritis: biology, genetic predisposition, and hormones.”

He further explained that the joint pain of arthritis could appear as hip pain, knee pain, hand pain, wrist pain as well as joint pain in other areas of the body.

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“The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and the percentage of people who have it grows higher with age. Both men and women have the disease;  before age 45 more men than women have osteoarthritis but after 45, it is more common in women,” Dr Sen added.

Later, an interactive session was held with the staff members. He advised the audience to exercise regularly and to maintain a proper posture in order to reduce susceptibility to arthritis.

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