Height Associated With Osteoarthritis Risk
The creaky bones of osteoarthritis are more common in shorter people than in their taller counterparts. Shorter women and women will show in increase in osteoarthritis in their hands, feet and cervical spine, with an elevated risk between 35 percent and 82 percent for the disease.
The study that correlates height and the risk of osteoarthritis was completed by the Arthritis Research Institute of America (ARIA), which been studying the disease since 1988. The paper was written by Frances V. Wilder, Ph.D, Paul E. Leverton, Ph.D and Matthew Rogers, MS. Dr. Wilder is ARIA’s executive director, Dr. Leaverton is the former dean of the University of South Florida’s School of Public Health and Mr. Rogers is a doctoral candidate who is also ARIA’s director of exercise.
Arthritis is a group of different diseases whose symptoms can range from and conditions, its symptoms can range from stiff joints to complete immobility and pain. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, the "wear and tear" type that affects more than 27 million Americans after the age of 50 as their joints begin to age.
Since 1988, the Arthritis Research Institute of America (ARIA) has been studying thousands of participants to learn more about osteoarthritis. The not-for-profit research organization is based in Clearwater, FL, but its findings have been published worldwide and its X ray database is acknowledged as one of the most complete sources of information about the progression of osteoarthritis.
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