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Risk Factor - Genetics

Risk Factor - Genetics

Osteoarthritis frequently runs in families, past down from generation to generation.  Genetics is often an important risk factor.  Researchers believe that osteoarthritis runs in families and affects multiple family members.

Studies are currently underway searching for a genetic basis for the disease.  The research could unlock new possibilities for treating knee osteoarthritis and designing preventive measures at a genetic level.

Genetic factors play a more significant role in hand OA than knee OA.