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8 Common Causes of Osteoarthritis (OA) Did you know that osteoarthritis (OA) affects as many as 27 million Americans? This common type of arthritis often develops in your joints after the cartilage begins to deteriorate. The cartilage serves as a buffer between your bones and helps the joints move smoothly. While this used to be viewed as the primary cause, research has identified several factors that can cause osteoarthritis (directly and indirectly) .
As osteoarthritis progresses within the joints and cartilage breaks down, your bones begin to rub against each other. This grinding of bones begins to cause pain and inflammation within the joints. But what causes osteoarthritis to occur? Simple wear and tear isn’t the only cause of osteoarthritis. Below, you’ll see 8 factors that can put you at risk for OA.
Age As many people know, age is one of the most common contributing factors to arthritis. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), osteoarthritis affects about 33.6% of adults over the age of 65. Roughly around 12.4 million people. Please note that it is a mistake to label osteoarthritis as an old person’s disease. While most adults aren’t diagnosed with OA until they are older, there are cases where symptoms have developed at an early age.
Heredity Did you know osteoarthritis can run in the family? That’s right! Certain genetic traits can put you at greater risk of developing OA. Researchers have found that some hereditary genes can play a role in how bones fit together abnormally. This can cause cartilage to deteriorate faster and OA can develop at an earlier age. Your family’s health history is also important in diagnosing osteoarthritis. If you are beginning to show signs of OA, be sure to learn what symptoms your family members exhibit. This can help your doctor diagnose your arthritis and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Weight Some people may not know that weight actually plays an important role in arthritis. If you are overweight, you are at greater risk of developing osteoarthritis. Excess body weight causes more stress on the weight-bearing joints in the body. Studies have also shown that fat tissue can release inflammatory chemicals, damaging the surrounding joints. If you are concerned about your weight causing symptoms of OA, talk with your doctor about developing a weight loss plan that works for you.
Work Another common cause of osteoarthritis can be your occupation. Certain jobs put high levels of physical stress on the joints. Jobs that require physical labor can cause premature deterioration of the cartilage. Work-related OA often occurs in the joints in the hips, knees and hands.
Joint Trauma Trauma to the joints, usually from sports injuries, can also cause osteoarthritis. Joint surgeries, fractures, or ligament tears can leave you at greater risk of developing OA. Overuse of these joints begins to break down the supporting cartilage and cause inflammation to occur. Knee injuries from sports or heavy lifting are particularly dangerous. Injuries to the knees put you at a significantly greater risk of developing OA later in life.
Gender Gender can also play a role in your risk of osteoarthritis. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH) osteoarthritis affects more men than women under the age of 45. However, as we get older this changes and women over the age of 45 are at greater risk for OA than men are.
Bone Deformities Unfortunately, some people are born with certain defects that make them much more likely to get osteoarthritis. People who have defective cartilage or malformed joints can develop OA early in life.
Other Forms of Arthritis Unfortunately, having other forms of arthritis can also increase your risk for developing osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis and gout can lead to further break down of cartilage and inflammation in your joints, leaving susceptible to OA.
Osteoarthritis Clinical Trials in Port Orange As a condition that affects so many in Florida, Accord Clinical Research is dedicated to discovering new ways to treat this age-old problem. We are conducting osteoarthritis clinical trials at our clinic in Port Orange, Florida and looking to enroll volunteers for upcoming studies.
All patient related care is provided free of charge. Compensation for time and travel may also be provided for patients who complete a clinical trial with us. If you are interested in taking part in one of our upcoming clinical studies, please check out our patient resource center, or give us a call at (386) 760-7272. Tags Osteoarthritis (OA) osteoarthritis causes Osteoarthritis Symptoms osteoarthritis treatments
Angela Best Longhurst says: August 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm I would like to learn more about Osteoarthristis Treatments. I have been diagnosed with Osteorarthristis. I begun treatments July 2, 2016; My physiothearpy consist of exercise; and accupunture. I am curious about your study and the benefit a persons gains in the long term.
Stephen (Accord’s Community Manager) says: August 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm Hello Angela, We do have open OA clinical trials at our clinic if you are interested. People who take part in clinical trials do so for a variety of reasons. If a study is testing a new form of medication or therapy, there’s a chance that it may work better than a treatment you’re currently taking. However, there is no guarantee that this will happen. A lot of people choose to volunteer because they know that their participation will help medical experts develop better treatments for the medical condition(s) that they and many others suffer from. If you are willing to complete our contact form (in the right hand corner of the page), you’ll be put in touch with our research team here in Port Orange. They would be happy to answer any questions you have about our upcoming OA studies.
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