Ailments & Conditions

8 Common Causes of Osteoarthritis

Gender & Age

Both women and men may develop osteoarthritis. However, gender plays a part in this process. In general, the condition is more prevalent in women than men. Some studies have found out that the reason may come from stress on the joints of women and men at different ages. After menopause, a drop in estrogen and hormone levels may be linked to worse joint health. [2]

Along with gender, age is another risk factor for osteoarthritis. Indeed, this is a very common joint issue in older people. After the age of 45, the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bone becomes wear and tear. Most people may experience symptoms of osteoarthritis as soon as they reach 70 years old. However, keep in mind that the condition is not restricted only to the elderly. Younger adults or even children would also experience symptoms as a result of injuries or trauma after an accident or sports.  [3]