Factors that can lead to a greater risk of OsteoArthritis?
Because OsteoArthritis (OA) has so much to do with the wearing down of the cartilage in our joints, most people associate it with age. While it is true that people over the age of 65 are more likely to have OsteoArthritis, there are other contributing factors that can make OA worse or appear at an early age.
These are a few of the risk factors that we can help to prevent by paying attention to our physical health. There are factors that we have no control over. Aging, for example, plays a very significant role in the deterioration of the cartilage in our joints. Some people come from a family with a history of arthritis that is passed along genetically. Others are born with loose or odd-shaped joints. In these cases, there is nothing you can do to prevent the onset of OsteoArthritis.
However, these conditions do not necessarily mean that a person will have OsteoArthritis no matter what. In fact, many people live their entire lives without any symptoms of OA.
If you begin to notice any symptoms of OsteoArthritis, such as stiffness or pain in your joints, call Arrowhead Health Centers to learn more about the program we have in place specifically for you. We’ve helped hundreds of patients find a way to alleviate their joint pain and lead an active lifestyle. Call 623-334-4000 extension 9 today to learn more.