Knowing Your Family Health History

Posted on December 14th, 2018 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

We know that it is important to know our family medical history, right? We are asked at the doctor, and they request at least a page of information. Some ailments and illnesses that we consider “common” are actually influenced by our genetics. Hereditary diseases, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Various Spine Conditions

Our family medical history is a good way to get a head’s up on what we can expect for our own medical health.

Genetics play a key role in many aspects of our lives. Mom’s chin, dad’s eyes, Grandpa’s temper, we have all heard it. We also use our family medical history to chart a path, as it were, to our own medical health and potential preventative care for what may afflict us.

After all, If mom had gout and dad had heart disease, there is a good chance you will also suffer those conditions.

Arthritis, scoliosis, and many other spine conditions are also rooted in our genetic history and a complete and accurate family medical history is key to knowing what could lie ahead for us.

Gifts From Mom & Dad

Our genetic history can help us figure out many of the diseases and ailments we could potentially suffer from. It is much like getting immunized, in that we get immunized to prevent certain illnesses. Having an accurate history allows our specialists to better understand what we ourselves may suffer from. Knowing what could happen will enable us to employ preventative measures, and begin therapy if necessary.

Make sure you always fill out the family history at your PCP as accurately as you can. It will not help you, in the long run, to leave things out or make things up.

Most conditions cause damage that can be lessened or prevented if you catch it in time. The Orthopedic Specialty Group Specializing in orthopedic care, physical therapy, and spinal injury care.