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A 41-year-old female asked:

Is arthritis hereditary or is there something that can cause it to happen?

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Dr. Anthony Watson
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Can be either: Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, has a hereditary component but may be cause by a virus. It can also be caused by untreated strep throat. Degenerative arthritis is primarily hereditary, but can be caused by previous injury such as a fracture, multiple sprains, etc.
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