There can be many causes to arthritis. When and how it starts is subject to much discussion. However, once present, there is no question that performing the arduous, physical tasks of a labor occupation accelerates the progression of the disease and increases the symptoms. Load bearing activities such as stair climbing, bending, stooping, lifting, kneeling, squatting, twisting and carrying over a prolonged period and an injury to the joint are thought to be the most common factors leading to arthritis. A combination of these two factors will almost certainly result in a case of arthritis.
Treatment options include rest, avoidance of vigorous weight bearing activities, and the use of anti inflammatory medications. With worsening symptoms injection therapy can also be helpful. When conservative measures have been exhausted, joint replacement surgery may be recommended.