Causes of Osteoarthritis

Causes of Osteoarthritis Sports injury to knee PictureThe Causes of Osteoarthritis are far better understood than Rheumatoid Arthritis and it is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative from of arthritis where over time the daily stresses and strains of everyday life take their toll on the joints.

Overtime and through constant use damage is caused to your joints, this low level of constant damage mounts up and although in your youth your body will repair the damage and you may not notice it, over time it will take its toll.

As you get older the cartilages in your joints start to loss their elasticity and so become more susceptible to damage.  Then of course there comes a point when your body cannot keep up and so the damage slowly gets worse causing holes or tears to appear in the cartilage. The cartilage acts as a sort of shock absorber for the joints absorbing the general jolting and loadings you put on it through the day.

Other Causes of Osteoarthritis

It’s not just aging and wear and tear that has an effect on the causes of Osteoarthritis, there are other factors involved:-

  • Genetics- As in the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis may well run in families, genetic studies have not been able to identify a single gene that is responsible; therefore it is assumed that a collection of genes maybe make subtle contributions. This means that it us unlikely that a genetic test for osteoarthritis will be developed in the near future.
  • Injury to the joint- Osteoarthritis can develop due to joint damage or an injury sustained during an accident or sports etc… If a lot of sports has been played and the joint has been over used whilst injured this can also be a contribution to the early onset of Osteoarthritis.
  • Obesity- can put a great deal of extra strain on joints particularly the knee which has to bear the extra weight, this extra strain and pressure can cause early onset but it can also make the pain and inflammation much worse to deal with.
  • Secondary Arthritis- caused by the damage left from early flare ups of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the damage caused over time can be a trigger for the Osteoarthritis as the joint begins to wear in the damaged area overtime.

Knowing the Causes of Osteoarthritis is just a start.

These are just a few of the possible causes of Osteoarthritis, but there is still quite a lot the medical fraternity has not figured out yet. Having realised you have it and knowing  what the causes of Osteoarthritis are can help you guard against bring the condition forward if you are susceptible to it, but to find out about the Knee pain Symptoms

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