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Is arthritis hereditary? If you have arthritis and you are a parent, it's without question your biggest worry -- will your children get arthritis too? Because the hereditary aspect of arthritis is concerning -- should your children be tested?

Not only do parents with arthritis worry -- kids worry too as they grow older and hear about arthritis or as they watch their parents live with physical challenges. Is there a way to predict if your kids will get arthritis too -- a way to predict or possibly prevent arthritis?

Certain risk factors increase the chance of developing arthritis. Genetics and family history are among the risk factors. We asked rheumatologist Scott J. Zashin, MD, how useful it would be to obtain lab work on the children of adults with arthritis. Dr. Zashin's answer to the question -- Should Your Children Be Tested for Arthritis? -- may allow parents to relax a little bit.

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January 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm
(1) tracy says:

Iv had arthrities for 6 yrs. & hv been on pain tabs. My children now been told. They hv it. My daughte 13. My son 12. R we going to later in life. Hv to hv scooters. And stuff. Munes all over. And um in a lot of pain.even though im on tabs. But iv tried to stay mobile has kong has i can. My son has had to change to using his. Left hand. Has he has it in is right hand.my dsughter has it in her right knee bk hiand shouders and ne wots ginna haopen ti us. Can we get things. Like aids to help us. I feel i need a stik some times munes more on my left side. Athough it started in my right shoulder blades. And my bk. I also hv breast pains. And sm tumes dint feel like getting uo sm mornings. But i do. I also feel cold most of the tm. Im here tto care for my children. Iv not made a claim. Wot can u advise me. Pls. I get worried for us all. But dont shiw itckps.

February 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm
(2) tracey says:

My mom has arthritis & she’s been having some difficulties, but the thing is is that i crack my knuckles alot & i think i might have a chance of getting arthritis too, is it possible? ://

February 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(3) Eric says:

Sorry to inform you but yes itis possible to get arthritis from cracking your knuckles

August 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm
(4) peggi says:

it is NOT a cause of arthritis to crack your knuckles, it’s just annoying.

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