Arthritis symptoms warning: BEWARE these five factors that can speed up joint pain

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint, according to the NHS.

There are two main types of arthritis - osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

While they are common with increasing age and can be due to family history, the conditions are by no means inevitable for everyone.

Osteoporosis tends to develop in those in their late 40s or older.

Similarly, rheumatoid arthritis often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years.

There are a number factors that can increase you risk, or accelerate onset, of these debilitating conditions.

Not looking after an injury

According to the NHS, overusing your joint when it hasn't had enough time to heal after an injury or operation.

This can raise your risk of osteoarthritis.

Being overweight

Suffering from obesity puts excess strain on your joints, and particularly your knees and hips that bear most of your weight.

This can make you more likely to suffer osteoarthritis, according to the NHS.


There is evidence that people who smoke have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to the NHS.

Indeed, research published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases has found heavy smoking can increase the risk of developing it by up to 100 per cent.

Repetitive movements

Performing the same movements can overuse the joints and lead to osteoarthritis.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, having a job that requires standing for long periods of time, repetitive bending, heavy lifting or other movements can also make cartilage wear away more quickly.

Poor diet

When you have arthritis your body is in an inflammatory state, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

This means that eating inflammatory foods - such as those high in sugar and saturated fat - can exacerbate or accelerate severity of symptoms.