Millions of people worldwide are affected by the most common form of arthritis known as osteoarthritis. The good news is symptoms of osteoarthritis can be managed in most cases. The bad news is the damage already done to joints cannot be undone.
So what causes osteoarthritis? The human body has protective cartilage at the end of your bones that acts as a cushion. When the cartilage wears down osteoarthritis can occur. While any joint can be damaged by osteoarthritis some joints are more commonly affected.
Most commonly the following joints are affected by osteoarthritis…
Osteoarthritis can be slow developing and get increasingly worse over time. Some signs and symptoms that can be associated with osteoarthritis include…
- Flexibility decrease
- Grating sensation or popping of joints
- Bone spurs or hard lumps
Some risk factors of osteoarthritis can include…
#1. Age: The risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with age.
#2. Gender: Although there is no clear reason, women are at a greater risk for developing osteoarthritis.
#3. Obesity: For several reasons obesity or carrying extra body weight can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
#4. Genetics: The tendency to develop osteoarthritis can be inherited.
#5. Joint injuries: Previous or current injuries can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
#6. Bone deformities: People born with malformed joints or defective cartilage can be at a greater risk for developing osteoarthritis.
#7. Repeated joint stress: Repetitive stress on joints from activities such as work or sports can cause osteoarthritis to develop.
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