Is osteoarthritis hereditary?

Dr. Klosterman discusses whether heredity is a cause of osteoarthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A variety of genetic traits can make a person more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF).

Though research is still being done to determine how osteoarthritis is specifically related to heredity and genetics, there is enough information available to connect genetics to people having a predisposition to the joint disease, according to the AF.

There is a rare genetic defect that can cause problems with the body’s ability to make collagen and another genetic condition that could lead to problems with how bones fit together, both of which could lead to osteoarthritis, according to the AF.

Talk to your doctor for more information about whether osteoarthritis is hereditary.

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