Here are some risk factors that can lead to osteoarthritis, some of which are:
- Excessive use of joints, or activities that cause repetitive pressure on the joints, for example in miners, bus drivers, and other
- Obesity can lead to increased joint loads, especially in the hip joints.
- Age affects the occurrence of osteoarthritis, which with the increasing age, the bone volume,proteoglycans, bone vascularization and perfusion will be reduced, this causes a narrowing of the joint and the growth of osteophytes.
- Trauma to the joints cause abnormal biomechanics of the joints and cause premature degeneration of the joints.
- Menopause increases the progression of osteoarthritis, with the estrogen hormone replacement therapy may decrease symptoms.
Osteoarthritis can be classified into primary and secondary osteoarthritis. Primary Osteoarthritis usually occurs in the elderly, with a previously unknown cause, which suddenly found abnormalities in the joints and did not reveal any other factors that cause joint damage. Secondary osteoarthritis can occur at younger ages, where osteoarthritis occurs after trauma or injury to the joints and surrounding area, or can be caused by other illnesses that preceded it, for example in hyperuricemia
If you have risk factors mentioned above, then immediately contact your nearest doctor. This is done so you can avoid this disease.