Ailments & Conditions

8 Common Causes of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This condition causes inflammation in the joint when the protective cartilage, which cushions the bones, becomes worn down with age. While it may cause damage to any joint, the most commonly affected parts include the spine, hips, knees, and hands. While joint damages cannot be reserved, symptoms can be managed. Below are some common causes of osteoarthritis that you need to know.


Some genetic factors may cause osteoarthritis, particularly in those with genetic joint defects. The condition tends to run in the family, meaning the risk is higher when your siblings, parents, or relatives have the condition. If any of your family members suffer joint pain or common signs of osteoarthritis, make sure to have regular health checks for early diagnosis. A physical exam and medical history are important to diagnose osteoarthritis precisely. [1]