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Osteoarthritis Causes & Risks


Osteoarthritis is associated with aging. The exact cause is unclear. As osteoarthritis develops, you experience loss of cartilage, bone spurs around the joint, and muscle weakness of the extremity.

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing osteoarthritis. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Genetic factors
  • Injury to the joint surface
  • Occupations and physical activities that put stress on joints
  • Neuromuscular disorders, like diabetes

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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