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What puts you at risk for osteoarthritis?

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Several factors raise your chances of developing osteoarthritis:

  • Heredity, such as a defect in one of the genes responsible for making cartilage or a joint abnormality
  • Obesity
  • Injury, either the joint or a broken bone near a joint
  • Joint overuse
  • Other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and rare conditions such as iron overload or excess growth hormone

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CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 2, 2020

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 2, 2020

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