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Can your job cause arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term used to describe over 100 different kinds of joint disorders. Over 53 million adults suffer from arthritis of some kind, and it is important to receive testing from a doctor to see if you have it. It is particularly important for older Americans to see their doctors to see if they have the condition. 

Arthritis develops due to wear and tear forming in the joints. It can occur over time naturally from aging, but certain practices can exacerbate the problem. Some people have jobs that worsen arthritis, and these people may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits or other compensation if they become unable to work. 

What jobs cause arthritis?

No matter where you work, there is a chance your duties will wear down your joints. However, the professions where doctors find arthritis the most include the following:

  • Health care workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Dancers
  • Professional athletes
  • Lumber workers
  • Teachers
  • Musicians
  • Construction workers

All of these professionals tend to make the same motions every single day. All of these workers need to take steps to reduce their likelihood to arthritis before symptoms start to develop. 

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom of arthritis is joint pain. You may experience this anywhere in your body, including the fingers, knees, arms and legs. Over time, many people will experience painful swelling, stiffness and inflammation in the joints. At this point, you need to see a doctor to get some kind of relief. The pain can become so severe you become incapable of working. 

How can people prevent arthritis?

If you have a job that requires you to perform heavy lifting, then you need to make sure you lift properly. You need to take regular breaks so that you do not overexert yourself. Exercising regularly also helps because it strengthens your muscles and joints. You should also see your doctor routinely to identify arthritis early. 

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