What Causes Osteoarthritis?
In order to understand what causes osteoarthritis, researchers consider different predictors of this painful medical condition.
Researchers led by Richmond (2013) and published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy look at joint injury, sports participation, physical activity, occupational activities and obesity to gain insight into what causes osteoarthritis.
Based on the research, study findings identified obesity, occupational activities and joint injury as being associated with an increased risk of osteoarthritis, and this included both knee osteoarthritis and hip osteoarthritis.
Researchers found that sports involvement and overall physical activity produced less clear results in terms of osteoarthritis.
Researchers concluded that understanding what causes osteoarthritis and identifying people at risk for osteoarthritis early helps offer the opportunity to encourage interventions to modify behavior related to osteoarthritis risk.