What are the risk factors associated with developing osteoarthritis disease?

  1. Obesity
  2. joint trauma
  3. muscle weakness
    • These three factors all increase the mechanical forces to which the articular cartilage is subjected.
  4. Gender
  5. hormones
  6. metabolic disorders
  7. genetics
  • Elderly populations are affected by osteoarthritis more frequently and more severely than younger populations.
  • Obesity is the strongest modifiable risk factor.