Risk Factors

Factors that increase your risk of osteoarthritis include:

  • Getting older. Osteoarthritis typically occurs in older adults. It can also affect younger people, especiallyif their has been a joint injury.
  • Gender. Women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis.
  • Injuring your joint. If you injure your joint, you increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis. The most common causes of these injuries are sports and accidents.
  • Bone and Joint deformities. If you have been born or developed abnormal joints during childhood, you have an increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
  • Diseases that damage your joint. There are certain diseases that can damage the cartilage of your joints. These include gout, rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Joint Infections (Septic Arthritis). Having an infection in your joint can severely damage the cartilage that lines your joint.
  • Excessive alcohol intake. Drinking too much alcohol can cause part of your joint to die in a process called Osteonecrosis.
  • Steroids. One of the side effects of taking steroids is also Osteonecrosis.
3 April, 2010