Arthritis

Are you at risk for arthritis?

If you're at risk, there is a possibility, based on ceratin factors known to contribute to the disease, that you may develop arthritis or a related condition.

Answer the following six questions to determine if you have any of the factors that may put you at increased risk for developing arthritis.

Do you have a family member who suffers from arthritis?


Have you ever had a joint injury severe enough to put you in bed; to force you to use a cane, crutch or brace; or to require surgery?


Are you more than 20 kg overweight?


Have you ever had tuberculosis (TB) of a joint or septic arthritis - a joint infection that required an operation or prolonged treatment with an antibiotic?


Did you have hip problems that caused you to limp as a child?


Do you suffer from any of the following conditions: gout, psoriasis or inflammatory bowel disease?


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Arthritis expert

Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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