• Osteoarthritis Causes

Causes

Loss of cartilage is the main cause of osteoarthritis.

  • Hereditary: OA runs in families. There is strong genetic association.
  • Age: OA seems to have direct relation with increased age, due to natural wear and tear experienced with age.
  • Gender: Women are more prone to get OA and the risk increases after menopause.
  • Mechanical- Damage from mechanical stress or injury with insufficient self repair by joints is also an important cause.
  • Congenital-Birth defects like misalignments of bones cause OA in future.
  • Excess body weight - It put pressure on the weight bearing joints of the body leading to their damage.
  • Non coordinated movements - Loss of strength in the muscles supporting a joint and impairment of peripheral nerves leading to sudden or uncoordinated movements. This leads to pressure on joints.
  • Disease condition- Certain medical diseases like Costochondritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lyme's disease, Gout, Septic Arthritis may also cause OA.
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